British Bill of Rights plan shelved again for several more years, Justice Secretary confirms – The Independent

Posted February 24th, 2017 in bills, human rights, news by sally

‘The long-running Conservative proposal for a “British Bill of Rights” has once again been shelved for several more years.’

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The Independent, 23rd February 2017

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Family Court proceedings: gender reassignment and ultra-orthodox Judaism – Cloisters

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in contact orders, equality, family courts, human rights, Judaism, news, transsexuals by sally

‘Claire McCann, an expert on trans equality, analyses the competing arguments in the Family Court’s recent assessment of the children’s “best interests” in the unusual context of a transgender parent and the Charedi Jewish community in North Manchester.’

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Cloisters, 1st February 2017

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Formula Milk and Human Rights: Council That Removed Baby Pays Damages – RightsInfo

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in compensation, damages, families, human rights, local government, news by sally

‘A local council who took a newborn baby boy from his parents violated their human right to family life and a fair trial, a judge has ruled.’

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RightsInfo, 17th February 2017

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Top lawyers warn of human rights crisis after Brexit – The Guardian

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in EC law, human rights, international relations, news by sally

‘Leading lawyers and legal experts are warning that Brexit could trigger a human rights crisis in the UK that threatens to have a ‘domino effect’ across Europe.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2017

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Parental consent not required for section 20 accommodation – Community Care Blog

‘Is it a breach of a local authority’s duty under section 20 of the Children Act 1989, and article 8 of the ECHR, to keep children in foster care without their parent’s consent? This was the question answered by the Court of Appeal in London Borough of Hackney v Williams [2017] EWCA Civ 26.’

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Community Care Blog, 9th February 2017

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Income rules for foreign spouses upheld – BBC News

‘Income rules which stop thousands of British citizens bringing their foreign spouse to the UK are lawful “in principle” the Supreme Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2017

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Why The Rule Of Law Matters More Than Ever – RightsInfo

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in human rights, news, rule of law by sally

‘Lord Neuberger, the Supreme Court president, has warned that coverage of the Brexit case risked undermining the “rule of law”. He was referring to criticism by some tabloid newspapers of the three judges involved in the Article 50 case, including one headline that branded them “enemies of the people”. In this article, we look at the meaning of this important concept and how, combined with a healthy dose of human rights, the rule of law is both a cornerstone and strengthener of the modern liberal democracy we live in today.’

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RightsInfo, 19th February 2017

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Families await supreme court verdict on income rules for spouse visas – The Guardian

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in families, human rights, immigration, news, Supreme Court, visas by sally

‘The fate of tens of thousands of separated British families in which one parent is not entitled to live in the UK because they have failed to meet a minimum income threshold of £18,600 will be decided by the supreme court on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2017

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Opposite-sex civil partnerships? Steinfeld & Anor in the Court of Appeal – Law & Religion UK

‘S 1(1) Civil Partnership Act 2004 stipulates that only a same-sex couple may conclude a civil partnership: “A civil partnership is a relationship between two people of the same sex…”. In June 2014 the Coalition Government published the results of its second consultation on the future of civil partnership: Civil Partnership Review (England and Wales) – Report on Conclusions. After considering the responses to that consultation, the Government decided that it would not be making any changes at present.’

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Law & Religion UK, 21st February 2017

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UK prisons ‘holding child inmates in solitary confinement against UN torture rules’ – The Independent

‘British prisons are holding child inmates in solitary confinement in an alleged breach of UN torture rules and British law, The Independent has found. Lawyers in one case have launched legal action against the Government in the High Court.’

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The Independent, 21st February 2017

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Court rules against heterosexual couple who wanted civil partnership – The Guardian

‘A legal challenge aimed at overturning the ban on heterosexual couples entering into civil partnerships has gained ground despite defeat at the court of appeal, according to equal rights campaigners.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2017

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Vital Times for Human Rights Lawyers as we Face Attacks on Fundamental Rights at Home and Abroad – Garden Court Chambers

Posted February 21st, 2017 in barristers, civil justice, criminal justice, human rights, legal aid, news by sally

‘Leslie Thomas QC on the vital role of human rights lawyers in these turbulent times.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 6th February 2017

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Five Ways Human Rights Help The Fight For Social Justice – RightsInfo

Posted February 21st, 2017 in human rights, news by sally

‘The 20th of February is World Day of Social Justice and in honour of this day, we look at five ways human rights can help to achieve social justice.’

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RightsInfo, 19th February 2017

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Family judge condemns 2,000-page bundle – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A family judge has expressed his disapproval at the ‘unwarranted expenditure’ in a case where a local authority breached Article 8 rights under the European Convention on Human Rights by taking an infant into care.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th February 2017

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What Is the Joint Committee On Human Rights And What Does It Do? – RightsInfo

Posted February 20th, 2017 in human rights, legislation, news, parliament, select committees by sally

‘The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) plays an important role in ensuring that human rights are protected in the UK. Its job includes checking that new laws proposed by the Government are compatible with human rights.’

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RightsInfo, 5th February 2017

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Kirklees council breached parents’ human rights by removing baby – The Guardian

Posted February 17th, 2017 in care orders, human rights, local government, news, parental responsibility by sally

‘Social workers have been accused of breaching the human rights of a couple after their week-old baby was taken off them in hospital when the father praised “the benefits of formula milk”.’

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The Guardian, 16th February 2017

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Tobias Lock and Tom Gerald Daly: Brexit and the British Bill of Rights: Capturing Constitutional Complexity – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted February 15th, 2017 in EC law, human rights, news, referendums by sally

‘Euroscepticism – usually framed as an argument from national sovereignty – was an important driving force behind Brexit, but also serves as a key motivator behind efforts to reform domestic human rights law. Calls to ‘scrap the Human Rights Act’ (HRA) and to replace it with a British Bill of Rights (BBR) are usually accompanied by calls to curtail the power of the European Court of Human Rights and to make British judges the ultimate arbiter in human rights matters (again). The connections between Brexit and human rights reform are not confined to these common ideological roots, however. Brexit has profound consequences for human rights reform in both substantive and procedural terms. These are the findings of a new research paper edited by the authors of this blog post and based on the proceedings of a workshop held at Edinburgh Law School in the autumn of last year.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 13th February 2017

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David Scott: Miller, Sewel, and the Human Rights Act – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted February 13th, 2017 in devolution, EC law, human rights, news, Supreme Court, treaties by sally

‘Many celebrated Miller’s outcome, imposing a Parliamentary “brake” (however brief) on the triggering of Article 50. But the Supreme Court’s unanimous agreement on the devolution issues [129–151 for the majority; agreement in the dissents at 242, 243, and 282] may have weakened opposition to the Government’s “other” crusade—against the European Court of Human Rights.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 8th February 2017

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Unmarried woman wins pension battle – BBC News

‘A woman whose long-term partner died has won a legal battle that is likely to improve the pension rights of unmarried couples in the public sector.’

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BBC News, 8th February 2017

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Teacher Misconduct – Education Blog

‘The General Teaching Council for England was abolished by Section 7 of the Education Act 2011 (“the 2011 Act”). Section 8 of that Act enacted a new statutory code for dealing with misconduct by teachers in England. It did so by inserting Sections 141A to 141E and Schedule 11A into the Education Act 2002 (“the 2002 Act”). The new scheme came into force on 1 April 2012.’

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Education Blog, 7th February 2017

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