Homeschooling and Article 8 ECHR: Wunderlich

The background

Homeschooling is illegal in Germany. In Wunderlich v Germany [2019] ECHR 12, the applicants, Petra and Dirk Wunderlich, who have four children, rejected the state school system and compulsory school attendance and wished to homeschool their children. In 2005, their eldest daughter reached school age and they refused to register her in a school and, though they were fined several times for failing to comply with the rules on compulsory school attendance, they did not relent and send her to school. Between 2008 and 2011 the family lived abroad; but when they returned to live permanently in Germany they did not register their children with any school [6-9]. Continue reading