Article 8 Challenges after the McDonald Judgment

Date: Wednesday 16 July 2014

Time: 18.00 - 20.00

Venue: Doughty Street Chambers

Speakers: Sam Jacobs, Stephen Lowe, Health and Care Policy, Age UK, Sanchita Hosali, British Institute of Human Rights and Jan Sutton

CPD: 1.5

The recent European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) judgment in McDonald v UK has broken new ground in that the ECtHR has for the first time found a breach of Article 8 ECHR in the social care context for a disabled person. However, the ECtHR resisted the invitation to give substance to disabled people's right to human dignity in Mrs McDonald's case. In this seminar, the barristers who acted for Mrs McDonald and for Age UK in its intervention in the Supreme Court will discuss the ECtHR judgment and its implications for future community care cases. Sanchita Hosali from the BIHR will discuss the impact of the judgement in their work with advocacy groups in the health and care sector to challenge service cuts outside of the courtroom.



  • Steve Cragg QC
  • Stephen Lowe, Health and Care Policy,Age UK. 
  • Sanchita Hosali, Deputy Director, British Institute of Human Rights
  • Jan Sutton
  • Sam Jacobs
  • Sophy Miles, Miles and Partners 


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