David Cameron today calls for reform of the European Court of Human Rights, noting that it needed to refocus its priorities and limit its involvement in the decisions made in credible national courts. Here we present some of our experts discussing the Tories’ turbulent relationship with Strasbourg – and the issue of human rights in general – from our archive. 

The Conservatives cannot ‘wriggle’ their way out of the European Convention on Human Rights, even by introducing a British Bill of Rights

The Conservatives have made no secret of the party’s desire to roll back its European human rights obligations, with many in the party also advocating repealing the Human Rights Act and establishing a British Bill of Rights. As the party seeks to ‘win back’ jurisdiction over human rights cases, Saladin Meckled-Garcia finds the coalition government’s stance is nothing less than an attempt to flout the rule of law for political purposes.

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 argue that replacing the Human Rights Act with anything weaker would send a sign to the international community that the UK is not serious about human rights.

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

At the last 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.

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