Francesca Klug

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    With his promise to introduce a British Bill of Rights, David Cameron is really aiming at the ECHR

With his promise to introduce a British Bill of Rights, David Cameron is really aiming at the ECHR

In his party conference speech, David Cameron promised to repeal the Human Rights Act but his main reason seems to be to avoid compliance with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The cases the PM cited in his speech as justification would have still been directly binding on the UK government even if the HRA had never been introduced. […]

As long as the UK is bound by the ECHR, it is hard to envisage how a new UK Bill of Rights could ‘solve’ the perceived problems of the Human Rights Act

Francesca Klug and Amy Ruth Williams explore the UK Bill of Rights debate. They argue that a UK Bill of Rights worthy of its name could not address the criticisms currently leveled at the Human Rights Act (HRA) by members of the Government and sections of the press. In particular, modifying the framework so that “unpopular groups” are unable to claim […]

Replacing the Human Rights Act with a weaker British Bill of Rights would send a sign to the international community that we are no longer serious about human rights.

The prime minister has made clear his intention to ‘repatriate’ human rights jurisdiction back from Europe to the UK. Helen Wildbore and Professor Francesca Klug survey the different currents which are driving the debate for a new UK bill of rights and argue that replacing the Human Rights Act with anything weaker would send a sign to the international community […]