Our Case Summary Of The Week:
C-222-84 Marguerite Johnston v Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary.
Imagine that all women were banned from a full-time employment as an armed member of a police force and from training in the handling of firearms.
The same thing happened in United Kingdom in one of the most relevant judgments of EU law.
While men could carry firearms in the normal performance of their duties, women could not.
In this historical case law concerned the principle of equal treatment between men and women, the European Court of Justice found that the principles, on which the European Convention for the protection of Human Rights, must be taken into consideration in Community law. The ECJ also found that “all persons have the right to obtain an effective remedy in a competent Court against measures which they consider to be contrary to the principle of equal treatment for men and women” and that it was “for the Member States to ensure effective judicial control as regards compliance with the applicable provisions of Community law and of national legislation intended to give effect to the rights for which the directive provides.