Tag: Human Rights Act

Whole life tariffs: Court of Appeal differs from, but does not defy, Strasbourg

The Court of Appeal has just given judgment in Attorney-General’s Reference No 69 of 2013 [2014] EWCA Crim 188. It has held that the whole-life-tariff regime laid down in UK primary legislation is compatible with Article […]

Ministerial changes at the MoJ and the implications for human rights reform

Some potentially significant changes to the ministerial team at the Ministry of Justice have been announced. Along with the appointment of Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes – who replaces Lord McNally – as Minister of State, […]

The three dimensions of the relationship between UK law and the ECHR

Lectures by senior judges on the relationship between UK and European law are rather like the proverbial bus: you wait around for one, and then several arrive almost simultaneously. In the last few weeks, the […]

Law, Rights and Constitutional Politics: reflections on the Human Rights Act’s past and future

I have just finished work on a chapter for a collection of essays – Democracy in Britain: Essays in Honour of James Cornford – which will shortly be published by the Institute for Public Policy […]

Osborn: The common law, the Convention, and the right to an oral hearing

I wrote recently about the what might happen if—as is an increasingly less-fanciful prospect—human rights law in the UK were to be fundamentally altered through repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998 and perhaps even withdrawal from […]

Repealing the Human Rights Act: what might lie ahead?

As noted in an earlier post, repealing the Human Rights Act 1998—and perhaps withdrawing the UK from the European Convention on Human Rights—is now firmly on the political agenda (at least as far as the […]

Theresa May and Chris Grayling on human rights

The knives have been out for the Human Rights Act – and perhaps the UK’s involvement in the European Convention on Human Rights itself – at the Conservative Party conference today. Here is an excerpt […]