Cavalier with our Constitution: a Charter too far – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 10th, 2016 in constitutional law, EC law, human rights, news, treaties by sally

‘Last week Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, tabled a set of proposals which the government hopes will form the basis of the UK’s renegotiated relationship with the EU, in advance of an in-out referendum. Politically, the proposals may be just the job: a new commitment to enhance competitiveness, proposals to limit benefits to migrants, recognition that member states’ different aspirations for further integration must be respected, and creation of a (“red card”) mechanism to block EU legislation. Legally, however, they raise more questions than they answer.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th February 2016

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Diplomats use Vienna Convention to fight London basement digout – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 11th, 2016 in appeals, diplomats, housing, news, planning, treaties by tracey

‘An argument over an extension plan next door to the French embassy in London has gone global as an unlikely alliance of diplomats has formed, citing the 1961 Vienna Convention, in a bid to kill it off.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th January 2016

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When humanitarian law meets human rights – OUP Blog

Posted December 15th, 2015 in human rights, international law, news, treaties, war by sally

‘As we reflect on Human Rights Month and the implications of conflict throughout 2015, we have asked some of the humanitarian law scholars who contributed to the new Geneva Conventions Commentary to explore the interplay between these two important legal disciplines, and how we should approach them in the future.’

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OUP Blog, 15th December 2015

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Lord Woolf warns of ‘dangers’ and ‘expense’ of scrapping Human Rights Act – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 11th, 2015 in deportation, EC law, human rights, international law, judges, news, treaties by sally

‘Abolishing current human rights laws will create uncertainty and give clever lawyers a field day, says former Lord Chief Justice.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th November 2015

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Limping Infants and Article 15 BIIA: the “magisterial” judgment in In the Matter of N (Children) (Adoption: Jurisdiction) – Family Law Week

Posted November 10th, 2015 in adoption, appeals, care orders, EC law, foreign jurisdictions, news, treaties by sally

‘Alex Laing, barrister of Coram Chambers, considers two aspects of the decision in N (Children) (Adoption: Jurisdiction): (1) the jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales to order the non-consensual adoption of a foreign child; and (2) the construction and use of Article 15 of Brussels IIA to transfer care proceedings.’

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Family Law Week, 10th November 2015

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£150m legal bill for troops just doing their duty – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 20th, 2015 in armed forces, bills, costs, human rights, judicial review, law firms, news, time limits, treaties, war by sally

‘Ministers draw up plans to pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights next time the Armed Forces are sent into combat.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th October 2015

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CPS under pressure but not near collapse, says attorney general – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Crown Prosecution Service is under pressure but not on the “brink of collapse”, the attorney general told a House of Commons committee last night.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 16th September 2015

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Leaving the EU—impact on case law and legislation – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted August 14th, 2015 in bills, EC law, news, referendums, treaties by tracey

‘If the UK votes to leave the EU what will be the impact on case law and legislation? Tim Eicke QC, a leading public and EU law advocate, looks at some of the issues that might arise domestically and internationally with a decision to leave the Union.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 13th August 2015

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Feest v South West Strategic Health Authority (Bay Island Voyages, third party) – WLR Daily

Feest v South West Strategic Health Authority (Bay Island Voyages, third party):[2015] EWCA Civ 708; [2015] WLR (D) 306

‘The time bar prescribed by article 16 of the Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea, scheduled to the Merchant Shipping Act 1979, for the bringing of claims against a carrier did not apply to claims against a carrier for contribution in respect of the liability of others to the passenger.’

WLR Daily, 15th July 2015

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Child Abduction and Inchoate Rights – Family Law week

Posted June 19th, 2015 in child abduction, law reports, parental responsibility, treaties by tracey

‘Marie Crawford, barrister of Becket Chambers, considers one of the most significant developments in relation to child abduction cases in the last thirty years.’

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Family Law Week, 11th June 2015

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Paul Bernal: Privacy, Surveillance and Brexit…. – UK Constitutional Law Association

An Englishman’s home is his castle, so the old saying goes, and it might be thought that the implication is that the English place a special importance on privacy. The reverse, however, seems to be the case, when the law is considered – for much of the law that provides protection for our privacy, particularly in relation to surveillance, does not originate in the UK but in Europe. With the perfect storm of possible ‘Brexit’ and the potential repeal of the Human Rights Act (HRA), that might leave our privacy in an even more precarious state than it currently is. The so-called ‘British Bill of Rights’ has yet to see the light of day: one of the key questions could be what provision it makes for privacy, particularly in relation to the internet and other forms of communications.
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UK Constitutional Law Association, 18th June 2015

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Tory plans will destroy human rights across Europe, warns Dominic Grieve – The Guardian

Posted June 12th, 2015 in bills, human rights, news, repeals, treaties by sally

‘It will be impossible to enforce human rights across Europe if the Conservative party carries out its threat to withdraw from the Strasbourg court, the former attorney general Dominic Grieve QC has warned.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2015

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On Fantasy Island: British politics, English judges and the European Convention on Human Rights – LSE Public Lecture

Posted June 8th, 2015 in human rights, judiciary, news, speeches, treaties by sally

‘Conor Gearty unpicks the myths, illusions and downright lies that infect political engagement with human rights in Britain – and discussion of the Human Rights Act in particular.’

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LSE Public Lecture, Recorded on 6 November 2014

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No call for revolution – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 8th, 2015 in courts, human rights, news, treaties by sally

‘Last week the Queen revealed that the newly-elected government had delayed its promised proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act. If this signals a willingness to listen and reflect, rather than an opportunity to bring potential rebels into line, then so much the better. Let us keep talking.
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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th June 2015

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The Independent Guide to the UK Constitution: What everyone should know about the most explosive political issue of our time – The Independent

Posted June 8th, 2015 in bills, constitutional reform, human rights, news, repeals, treaties by sally

‘The UK’s democratic liberties are the envy of the world. They are also precarious. We have no written constitution, and the unwritten traditions on which we rely instead are increasingly being called into question. Human rights, the monarchy, Europe, the sovereignty of Parliament, the formation of governments – are there any first principles on which we can agree? On the eve of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, Andy McSmith kicks off a week-long series on a subject of vital national importance’.’

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The Independent, 7th June 2015

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It’s time to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in bills, children, criminal responsibility, news, treaties by sally

‘Today, 2nd June, Lord Dholakia is presenting a Bill to Parliament with a view to raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility. Details of the proposal have not yet been released, but raising the age from 10 to 14 or 15 would be in line with recommendations from the United Nations. England and Wales (and Northern Ireland) currently have one of the lowest ages of criminal responsibility (ACR) in the world at just 10 years old. Scotland’s ACR used to be even lower at 8, until they increased the age to 12 in 2011.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 1st June 2015

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Human Rights Act repeal would send wrong signal, says Tory peer – The Guardian

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in bills, human rights, legislation, news, repeals, treaties by sally

‘A Conservative former lord chancellor has opposed calls for Britain to withdraw from the European convention on human rights, arguing that it would send out the wrong signal.’

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The Guardian, 1st June 2015

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The UNCRC in the Supreme Court – the impact of SG v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Family Law Week

Posted May 28th, 2015 in appeals, children, human rights, news, Supreme Court, treaties, United Nations by sally

‘Deirdre Fotttrell QC of 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers considers the Supreme Court’s latest deliberations on when and how the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are directly enforceable in English law.’
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Family Law Week, 21st May 2015

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Attempt to scrap Human Rights Act will not get past Lords, Falconer warns Gove – The Guardian

‘A new British bill of rights is expected to be included in the Queen’s speech, but shadow lord chancellor says upper house would be within its rights to reject it.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2015

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Does the Human Rights Act prevent us deporting serious criminals? – Free Movement

Posted May 26th, 2015 in deportation, human rights, immigration, news, reports, statistics, treaties by sally

‘It is very widely believed that the Human Rights Act stops the UK from deporting foreign criminals whence they came. To a limited extent, there is some truth in this. Some appeals against deportation decisions do succeed on human rights grounds. Not many, though, and none succeed because of the Human Rights Act as distinct from the European Convention on Human Rights. Other appeals against deportation succeed under EU law or the Refugee Convention.’

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Free Movement, 26th May 2015

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