RightsInfo, which is setting a very high bar indeed in terms of the visual explanation of human-rights-related issues, has just launched an excellent two-minute animation on human-rights basics. If you want to know what human rights are and are looking for an accessible way in, it’s a great starting-point. Of course, the points made in the animation don’t establish that the principal texts to which it refers — the European Convention on Human Rights and the UK’s Human Rights Act 1998 — are perfect. Nor does the animation (in my view at least) deliver a knock-out argument against the repeal of the 1998 Act or the UK’s withdrawal from the ECHR. It does, however, set out in simple, clear terms what those human-rights instruments do, and conveys a sense of what is placed at stake by the Government’s official stance, according to which the HRA is to be replaced by a British Bill of Rights the terms of which might precipitate the UK’s exit from the ECHR. A great deal more can — and will — be said about these proposals if and when they acquire a concrete form. In the meantime, it’s hard to think of a more accessible pro-rights scene-setter than RightsInfo’s latest effort.
Public Law for Everyone is written by Mark Elliott. Mark is Professor of Public Law and Chair of the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He also served, from 2015 to 2019, as Legal Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. Mark can be found on Twitter as @ProfMarkElliott. Many of his research papers can be downloaded via his SSRN author page. Views set out on this blog are expressed in a purely personal capacity.
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