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 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.
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.
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.