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The Future of the UK Bill of Rights

20 February 2013

Date: Monday 4th March, 1:00 - 1:55pm

Venue: Denys Holland Lecture Theatre, UCL Faculty of Laws, Graduate Wing, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens, London, WC1H 0EG

Speaker: Professor Philippe Sands QC


About this Event: In December of 2012, the Commission on a UK Bill of Rights presented their findings in a paper marked by a deep lack of consensus. On the surface, this division was attributed to the polarized political standpoints within the Commission. For the minority, Philippe Sands QC, a Liberal Democrat adviser, opposed the introduction of a UK Bill of Rights on three grounds: devolution, responses to the Commissions’ consultations, and decoupling the UK from the European Convention on Human Rights. Supporting a UK Bill of Rights became a smokescreen for severing Britain’s relationship with Strasbourg – an unwarranted departure from the Commissions’ framework of reference. Philippe Sands QC will speak of his experience of working for the Commission, and he will address the future implications of their Report. Will calls for a UK Bill of Rights resurge after the 2014 Scottish Referendum on independence? Or will the existing Human Rights Act by then become regarded as a "UK Bill of Rights in all but name”?

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