human rights

The on-going conflict in Syria presents a great challenge to proponents of human rights. A consensual strategy must be found that saves lives and prevents an escalation of violence

 Many world leaders agree that something has to be done to stop the bloodshed in Syria, but the country sits on a faultline of instability which could be made worse by intervening parties. Katerina Delacoura argues that the UK and other key powers must decide the path that best reduces the loss of lives and minimises the risk of a […]

Is the government serious about protecting human rights?

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 […]

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. 

Book Review: British Foreign Policy: The New Labour Years

Matthew Partridge finds that Oliver Daddow and Jamie Gaskarth’s strong collection of essays on Blair and Brown’s foreign policy highs and lows is strong enough to justify its place on reading-lists, covering the Iraq, Afghanistan, and the War on Terror.   British Foreign Policy: The New Labour Years. Oliver Daddow and Jamie Gaskarth. Palgrave MacMillan. July 2011.  This year’s events have prompted academics, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Book Review: Twilight of Impunity: The War Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milosevic

A vital read for students and researchers interested in the ramifications and contradictions of international law and justice, Ramona Wadi finds that Judith Armatta’s detailed narration and analysis of Milosevic’s trial an important contribution to the field.   Twilight of Impunity: The War Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milosevic. Duke University Press, 2010 In a narration which deals with the responsibility of establishing guilt ‘beyond […]

Questionable proposals for legal aid reform in the UK mean that government’s promises of justice for all ring hollow.

The controversial Legal Aid, Punishment and Sentencing of Offenders Bill has had a baptism of fire since it was leaked earlier this summer and recent moves by the UN and Amnesty International will do nothing to quell the flames. Avery Hancock writes that this bill will serve only to create an uphill battle for human rights.