Human Rights Act 1998

Devolution and the Future of the UK’s Human Rights Act 1998

The Conservative Party’s concept of a “British Bill of Rights” has long rankled in Northern Ireland. Seemingly in the interests of alliteration such fundamental proposals were titled in a way that carried with it thinly veiled disregard for sensibilities in what is supposedly a constituent part of the UK. Not a UK Bill of Rights,(…)

Ireland’s Relationship with the ECHR: Reflections for the UK

These are my speaking notes from the #ECHR60 conference held at the Law Society in London on 3 September and organised by the British Institute for Human Rights to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the ECHR coming into effect. As the ECHR turns 60 it is an opportune time for us to reflect on the(…)

Weekend Reading: Bonfires, Liberties and Reviews

This weekend I will be revisiting a book released this year by Keith Ewing and entitled Bonfire of the Liberties: New Labour, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (2010, OUP) in conjunction with Helen Fenwick‘s review of the book in the new issue of the Journal of Law & Society. The blurb for Bonfire(…)

Did the UK General Election save the Human Rights Act?

Last week’s formation of a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government in the United Kingdom under the leadership of David Cameron raised serious questions as to how the two parties could reconcile their civil liberties platforms. The Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) is the focal point of this rupture between the parties, with the Conservative Party’s manifesto(…)

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