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Essential Cases: Public Law

Essential Cases: Public Law (4th edn)

Thomas E. Webb
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date: 01 December 2023

Ghaidan v Godin-Mendoza [2004] UKHL 30, House of Lordslocked

Ghaidan v Godin-Mendoza [2004] UKHL 30, House of Lordslocked

  • Thomas E. WebbThomas E. WebbLecturer in Law, Lancaster University


Essential Cases: Public Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in Ghaidan v Godin-Mendoza [2004] UKHL 30, House of Lords. This case concerns the interpretive obligation placed on the courts to, so far as is possible, interpret all legislation, past and future, in line with the Human Rights Act 1998. The substantive issue in the case was whether the Rent Act 1977, as amended, could be read in such a way as to allow a surviving tenant from a same-sex relationship to succeed to a tenancy held by their deceased partner. The document also includes supporting commentary from author Thomas Webb.

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