Greece - First instance court of Athens (single-member) 8352/2022

The case concerns a stateless adult who was born out of wedlock and who applied to be recognised as a legitimate child of his father. The court found that Greek law was applicable but dismissed the case as inadmissible.

Case name (in original language)
Μονομελές Πρωτοδικείο Αθηνών 8352/2022
Case status
Case number
Greece - First instance court of Athens (single-member) 8352/2022
Date of decision
Court / UN Treaty Body
First Instance Court of Athens (single-member)
Language(s) the decision is available in
Applicant's country of birth
Applicant's country of residence
Relevant Legislative Provisions

Art. 20, 30, 1475, 1476, 1479, 1480, 1482, 1483 of the Greek Civil Code


The applicant, a stateless individual born out of wedlock in Greece in 2000, applied before the court to be recognised as a legitimate child of his father, who is a Greek national. His mother who was a national of Kazakhstan and later Russia, had departed from Greece.

The applicant upon adulthood had been left homeless and destitute, lacking any legal documentation. Efforts of his parents to have him legitimised have not been successful since the consent of his mother had not been properly provided.

Decision & Reasoning

The court noted that since the applicant and his father both resided in Greece, the Greek legislation was applicable, even if they did not have the same nationality. The court also mentioned that Greek law is applicable to stateless people on issues related to their personal status.

However, the court found that the lawsuit against the father of the applicant should be dismissed, since it was his mother who had not provided her consent in accordance with the law.


The court dismissed the lawsuit as inadmissible.