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    Reforming modern employment: have the Conservatives done enough to become the party of workers?

Reforming modern employment: have the Conservatives done enough to become the party of workers?

Have the Conservatives fulfilled Theresa May’s pledge to become Britain’s workers’ party? Not as it currently stands, writes Tonia Novitz. She explains what the actual plight of British workers is, what steps have been taken by May’s government to address it, and why they fall short of what is needed.

Can the Tories can become ‘the workers’ party’? This was […]

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    The reluctant role model: why Britain (usually) obeys the European Court of Human Rights

The reluctant role model: why Britain (usually) obeys the European Court of Human Rights

Despite often complaining about the existence of the European Court of Human Rights, the UK has one of the strongest compliance records in the Court’s 47-country system. Zoë Jay explains how the UK’s conceptions of human rights protection shape its willingness to comply with the Court’s rulings.

To say the United Kingdom hasn’t always seen eye to eye with […]

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    Why the Human Rights Act should not be repealed: an Irish perspective

Why the Human Rights Act should not be repealed: an Irish perspective

Arguments against the Human Rights Act are based on misconceptions, writes Conor Gearty. And in the context of Brexit, repealing an Act which is at the heart of devolved nations only to replace it with a British bill of rights would exacerbate the existing alienation that the Leave vote has started. Those misconceptions must be exposed.

When I arrived in […]

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    A court just made a landmark ruling for abortion rights in Northern Ireland

A court just made a landmark ruling for abortion rights in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s abortion law is incompatible with human rights, ruled Belfast’s High Court earlier this week. Jennifer Thomson writes that even though the law might still not be changed in response, the judgment remains a cause for celebration for recognising the human rights of Northern Irish women.

 

Belfast’s High Court has ruled that Northern Ireland can no longer withhold abortions […]

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    Administrative reform is threatening the independence of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Administrative reform is threatening the independence of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Conservative plans to scrap the Human Rights Act have been postponed amid opposition. Yet despite the absence of radical change, Katherine Tonkiss explains how administrative reforms to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s governance impact directly on its independence, and possibly on how human rights in the UK are being protected.

One of the earliest and loudest protests against the […]

The two Coalition parties are sorely at odds over human rights

The Commission on a Bill of Rights came out with its report 21 months into the making, but the government is expected to issue no response to it. Amy Williams welcomes this result but felt the commissioners in the majority could have done better by highlighting their disagreements, in particular over the UK’s European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) membership and the […]

Do as I say and not as I do: hypocrisy and human rights

Conor Gearty explores the hypocrisy that often surrounds human rights, with many states displaying inconsistencies between their actions and words.   Shortly before he became Prime Minister, David Cameron launched the Conservative Party’s Annual Human Rights Report. In it the Party called in exemplary fashion for an increase in human rights protection around the world. Introducing the Party leader, a young man from the […]

The Burning Issue: The DNA of Human Rights

‘What are human rights and where do they come from?’, asks Professor Conor Gearty in a recent Burning Issue lecture from the London School of Economics and Political Science.