Case of G.D. and S.F. v. France


CEDAW. Case of G.D. and S.F. v. France. The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW); 2009.



The plaintiffs in G.D. and S.F. v. France (C/44/D/12/2007) who were automatically given their fathers’ last names pursuant to a customary law, despite being raised exclusively by their mothers, challenged the law as discriminating between the rights of husband and wife guaranteed under Article 16 of the Convention; the Committee held that the authors had no basis for invoking Article 16, because they themselves were not married and had no children. 

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