On 5 May 2020, the ECtHR declared that States parties to the ECHR do not have jurisdiction on humanitarian visa applications lodged at consulates abroad and rejected – albeit implicitly – that States parties have positive obligations on such matter. This article critically assesses both aspects, specifically reflecting on the jurisdictional test elaborated by the Court and on the relationship between this decision and the previous judgment in N.D. and N.T. v. Spain. The article concludes that the Court is u-turning, compared to its previous case-law, in both respects.
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