European Court rules suspicionless stop, search and questioning powers at airports unlawful


The European Court of Human Rights has today delivered its judgment in Beghal v United Kingdom. The case concerns the suspicionless powers to stop, detain, search and question individuals at airports under Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000. The Court ruled that the power to examine persons under Schedule 7 was “neither sufficiently circumscribed nor subject to adequate legal safeguards against abuse”. It followed that the power was not “in accordance with the law” for the purposes of Article 8 of the ECHR. Matthew Ryder QC and Edward Craven represented the successful applicant. The Court’s judgment is available here.