Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


Daniel J. Kane


This Note discusses the status of homosexual persons under the European Convention on Human Rights by tracing cases under the Convention that have challenged member states' criminalization of homosexual relations. These cases rest largely on the Convention's right of privacy, which has recently been held to embody the right of homosexual adults to engage in consensual sexual relations free from state criminalization. In other aspects, however, the Convention has denied antidiscrimination protection to homosexual persons, despite the existence of guarantees in the Convention that prohibit such discrimination. This Note draws upon these provisions to outline the framework upon which such antidiscrimination protection should be extended to homosexual persons under the Convention.