Burden v UK: 'dissin' lesbians or decentring marriage? (Part 2)

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    This, the second part of a two-part article, discusses the European Court of Human Rights decision in Burden v United Kingdom on whether the survivor of cohabiting sisters was liable to pay inheritance tax on their shared home, whether this was discriminatory in view of the tax treatment of other cohabiting couples, whether the court should interfere in a state's discretion in an area of social change, and the implications for UK policy on marriage, civil partnerships and other forms of relationship. Cases cited: Burden v United Kingdom (13378/05) [2008] S.T.C. 1305 (ECHR (Grand Chamber))© 2011 Sweet & Maxwell
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)58-63
    Number of pages6
    JournalSCOLAG Legal Journal
    Issue number377
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


    • Family law
    • Adult relationships
    • Siblings
    • Human rights
    • Discrimination
    • Inheritance tax


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