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    Why the Human Rights Act should not be repealed: an Irish perspective

Why the Human Rights Act should not be repealed: an Irish perspective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

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    The cuts to legal aid are obstructing the right to a fair trial and preventing the administration of justice

The cuts to legal aid are obstructing the right to a fair trial and preventing the administration of justice

In an astounding blow to the government’s decision to drastically cut access to legally-aided counsel, a judge yesterday ordered a stay (rather than an adjournment) to a complex fraud case as the defendants could find no lawyers to take the case. This decision was rooted in the right to a fair trial and may have significant implications for future […]

Legal aid changes would mean the denial of choice and effective representation to all those accused of crimes except the well-off

The government’s proposed changes to legal aid have caused outrage amongst judges, the government’s own lawyers and the whole legal profession. Conor Gearty argues that if all this were to go through, access to justice would return to being the mirage it once was for all but the very wealthy before the establishment of legal aid by the post war […]

Liberty and Security: we must recover the finest meanings of these terms

Conor Gearty will be delivering a public lecture at the LSE tomorrow to promote his new book; Liberty and Security. In this post he explores the main tenets of the book and argues that we should recover the universal dimensions of liberty and security, restoring the egalitarian thrust that drove the turn to democracy and was such an important feature of the […]

February 18th, 2013|Conor Gearty|0 Comments|

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.

The partisanship shown by many commentators on the Abu Qatada case does not do the advocacy of human rights any favours

The European Court of Human Rights ruled yesterday that Abu Qatada, allegedly very close to Osama Bin Laden for many years, will not be returned to Jordan to face further action against him by the authorities in that country The ruling has outraged a large portion of the public and, as Conor Gearty writes, has also divided human rights activists. 

The Tories’ attacks on the Human Rights Act are nothing more than political noise-making

This week at the Conservative Party conference, the Home Secretary Theresa May attacked the Human Rights Act, calling for it to be scrapped. Conor Gearty argues that this move is a nakedly political tactic, and provides seven reasons why the discussion about the apparent failings of the Human Rights Act is a false one.