Category: Human Rights

A Damp Squib in the Long Grass: The Report of the Commission on a Bill of Rights

In December 2012, the Report of the Commission on a Bill of Rights was published. The Commission was established by the Coalition Government to consider how human rights should be protected in UK law – […]

A human rights reality check for the Home Secretary

In this week’s Mail on Sunday, the Home Secretary, Theresa May, published an article strongly criticising judges for allowing some foreign criminals to remain in the UK on human rights grounds, contrary (as she sees it) […]

Belmarsh and the UK constitution #2: The House of Lords’ judgment

This is the second in a series of three posts on the Belmarsh Prison case. The posts originate from some videos that I have been recording for the Cambridge Law Faculty’s new admissions website. In […]

Belmarsh and the UK constitution #1: Setting the scene

I have been recording some short videos for the new admissions website that we are developing at the Cambridge Law Faculty. In the videos, I discuss the Belmarsh Prison case, decided by the Appellate Committee of the […]

Ten things you wanted to know about the Bill of Rights Commission’s report but were afraid to ask

On 18 December 2012, the Commission on a Bill of Rights published its report. This post answers ten key questions about the Commission, its report and its implications.

Richard Bacon MP and Nick Herbert MP on human rights

On 4 December 2012, Richard Bacon MP introduced—under the “ten minute rule”—a Bill to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998. The Bill was rejected when put to a vote. But the fact that Bacon’s Human […]

Why can’t the UK deport Abu Qatada?

This guest post is by Natasa Mavronicola, a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge.  The Special Immigration Appeals Commission has recently ruled that radical cleric Mohammed Othman (Abu Qatada) cannot lawfully be […]