It now seems inevitable that, unless there is an unlikely backbench revolt within the Conservative Party, the Human Rights Act 1998 will be replaced by a new Act. According to the Conservatives’ election manifesto the new Act will ‘remain faithful to the basic principles of human rights, which we signed up to in the original…Continue reading Turning a challenge into an opportunity: human rights in Northern Ireland
Professor Brice Dickson, Queen’s University, Belfast. This post draws from a presentation given to the Oxford Public Law Discussion Group on 25 November 2013 and was originally posted on the Oxford Human Rights Hub at http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/?p=3400 It now looks pretty certain that, if Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has his way, the Conservative Party manifesto for the…Continue reading If the Human Rights Act were repealed, could the common law fill the void?
In July 2012 the Commission on a Bill of Rights issued a second consultation document, further to the one it produced in August 2011. Unsurprisingly, the second document gives little away about what the Commission might say in its final report, due by the end of 2012. None of the questions posed in the second…Continue reading Second consultation paper from UK Bill of Rights Commission
Human rights concerns can arise in the most unpredictable of ways. Who would have imagined, for example, that a ruling by a District Judge in Salford’s magistrates’ court, on how to interpret a provision in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, would, within weeks, have led to emergency legislation being rushed through Parliament – and made retrospective…Continue reading PACE, detention and police bail