The latest prisoner votes judgment may be our Marbury v Madison – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 21st, 2013 in elections, human rights, judicial review, judiciary, news, prisons, Supreme Court by sally

“At first glance, prisoner voting proponents may interpret the Supreme Court’s R (Chester) v Justice Secretary decision (see Adam Wagner’s previous post) as a defeat for advancing prisoner voting rights in the UK. This blog post offers a different perspective. By comparing Chester to the seminal US Supreme Court case of Marbury v. Madison, we summarise that such proponents should take a step back and see the wood, rather than merely the trees. This is because Lord Mance’s Chester judgment offers human rights advocates, and therefore supporters of prisoner voting rights, an unequivocal foundation from which to defend future human rights claims.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th October 2013