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    Why the Human Rights Act should not be repealed: an Irish perspective

Why the Human Rights Act should not be repealed: an Irish perspective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

December 3rd, 2015|Featured|2 Comments|
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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.

The 2012 Eurovision Song Contest can be a tool for change in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Dissident blogger Emin Milli believes this is a great opportunity to voice public criticism of the government’s human rights violations and to demand the release of political prisoners. This article first appeared on the LSE’s EUROPP blog. Tonight 42 countries will be participating in the 57th Eurovision song contest in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The government has even […]

May 26th, 2012|Europp|0 Comments|

Book Review: Blair’s Just War: Iraq and the Illusion of Morality, by Peter Lee

When is it right to go to war? Peter Lee argues that Tony Blair’s “illusion of morality” evaporated after the 2003 Iraq invasion because the ideas he relied upon were taken out of their historical context. Dr Matthew Partridge is not convinced by the author’s arguments, and finds that exaggerations make the book into a polemic, rather than a serious academic study.  Blair’s […]