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Does Britain need a Bill of Rights?

Start: Oct 26, 2011 06:30 PM
End: Oct 26, 2011 12:00 AM

Location: UCL Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1, Cruciform Building, Gower Street, WC1E 6AE, London


  • Aileen Kavanagh (University of Oxford)
  • Com O'Cinneide (UCL Laws)
  • Saladin Meckled-Garcia (UCL Institute for Human Rights)
  • Chaired by Joshua Rozenberg, Presenter of the BBC's Law in Action

About the Event

On 26 Oct, UCL's Institute of Human Rights hosted a lively evening on the much-debated British Bill of Rights. Discussion included the current push by Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, to use the principle of subsidiarity to get more leeway for domestic interpretations of European Convention rights.

Dr. Saladin Meckled-Garcia from the Institute described this as an unfortunate attempt to shift the meaning of subsidiarity from "primary responsibility for implementation to primary responsibility for interpretation" of convention rights. Colm O'Cinneide (UCL Laws) persuasively argued that expanding the margin of appreciation for Britain would open the floodgates for countries like Russia to limit human rights claims. Aileen Kavanagh (Oxford), also on the panel, warned that there was no legally expedient way to distance the UK from Strasbourg jurisprudence and described the Human Rights Act as Britain's Bill of Rights. The discussion was provocatively reported in the Guardian the next day. Members from the Government's Commission on a Bill of Rights were in attendance, to hear speakers dissect a number of proposals. 

For more information:

Guardian Article by Joshua Rozenberg

UCL Events Blog by Avery Hancock

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