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Cross perspectives of the European Court of Human Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Committee on the right to abortion

Geoffrey WILLEMS
Professeur à l’Université catholique de Louvain
Centre de droit de la personne, de la famille et de son patrimoine (CeFAP)

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Laura COHEN
Assistante à l’Université catholique de Louvain
Avocate au barreau de Bruxelles

31 mars 2016 - Comité dr. h. Nations Unies, Mellet c. Irlande

As international human rights law increasingly supports the emergence of a fundamental right to abortion in case of danger to the life or health of a woman, fetal impairment or pregnancy resulting from sexual assault, the UN Human Rights Committee considered in its views Mellet v. Ireland adopted on 31 March 2016 that the very restrictive Irish abortion regime was in breach of several provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. This historical decision could and should prompt the European Court of Human Rights to reconsider, when the opportunity arises, the excessively restrained position on the right to abortion adopted in the Grand Chamber judgment A., B. and C. v. Ireland.

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