Judgment concerning France

Exterior view ECHR

In the case of Y v. France the Court held that there had been no violation of the right to respect for private and family life.

The applicant in this case, a biologically intersex person, complained about the domestic courts’ refusal to grant his request to have the word “neutral” or “intersex” entered on his birth certificate instead of “male”.

The Court held that, having regard to the discretion (“margin of appreciation”) enjoyed by the respondent State, France had not failed in its positive obligation to secure effective respect for the applicant’s private life.

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