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Brexit and human rights – does Theresa May have a point?

One of the surprises in Theresa May’s comments yesterday was the distinction she drew between the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights – making clear that, in her view, it was the latter that was the greater cause for concern in the sphere of national security. All too often, no such distinction

Human Rights – Good for Business?

Are human rights good for business? In a word, yes! That was the conclusion of the panellists discussing this question at our inaugural Business and Human Rights Practice event. The panel identified the positive role of human rights as part of the rule of law framework that protects business and creates a safe space for

It’s good to talk: Strasbourg sides with Court of Appeal on life sentences

The European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR“) has rejected a claim by a convicted murderer that the imposition of a “whole life tariff” violated his rights under article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms 1950 (the “Convention“): Hutchinson v United Kingdom (A/N: 57592/08).  In so doing, it elucidated a number

Government statistics on Human Rights judgments published

The Ministry of Justice (“MoJ“) yesterday published its annual report, Responding to human rights judgments (the “Report“).  The Report sets out the Government’s position on the implementation of human rights judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR“) and the domestic courts. The Report’s publication is timely, coming against the backdrop of the recent

Bringing Rights Home (Again)?

Today the Conservatives published a highly controversial paper (the “Paper“) setting out the rationale for their proposals to replace the Human Rights Act 1998 (“HRA“) with a new “British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities”.  A draft Bill is promised in December. The Paper outlines what are said to be fundamental changes, with potentially huge significance for the UK’s relationship with

Chris Grayling: one job too many?

The Joint Committee of the House of Lords and House of Commons on Human Rights today published its report entitled, “The implications for access to justice of the Government’s proposals to reform judicial review” (the “Report“).