Past IHR Events
- Does Britain need a Bill of Rights?
- Who will be the Ultimate Guardian Angel of Human Rights in Europe - Implications of the European Union’s Accession to the European Convention on Human Rights
- Forced Evictions and Human Rights: Launch of a Report and discussion of how land and housing evictions violate economic an social rights
- Statehood and Secession: Sudan, Northern Ireland, Eritrea and other challenges
- "In the Land of the Free" film screening and talk by Robert King
- Colloquium on Interpretivism in International Law
- Freedom of expression and private life: How can we balance the competing interests?
- The European Convention on Human Rights: A Living Instrument
Does Britain need a Bill of Rights?
Publication date: Jul 21, 2011 02:37 PM
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
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- 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.
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