Panel decisions regarding referrals to the Grand Chamber (N.D. and N.T. v. Spain and Ndidi v. the United Kingdom)

Monday, January 29, 2018

On 29 January 2018, the Grand Chamber panel decided to refer the case N.D. and N.T. v. Spain to the Grand Chamber. The case concerns the immediate return to Morocco of sub-Saharan migrants who attempted to enter Spanish territory by scaling the barriers which surround the Melilla enclave. On 3 October 2017, the Chamber had found in favour of the applicants that their removal without any identification procedure or administrative or judicial measures would result in a violation of Article 4 of Protocol 4 (prohibition of collective expulsion) by Spain.

At the same time, the Grand Chamber panel decided not to refer the case Ndidi v. the United Kingdom to the Grand Chamber. The case concerned a Nigerian national who arrived in the United Kingdom at the age of two years old and who complained that his deportation from the UK to Nigeria would violate his rights under Article 8 ECHR. However, the Chamber judgment found that this was not the case.


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