UCL Institute for Human Rights


UK human rights reform may prove to be a ‘difficult and thankless’ task

2 November 2012

The current state of human rights law in the UK is compatible with constitutional principles, the democratic process and the rights of the individual

Colm O'Cinneide

Attempts to recalibrate it may prove to be a difficult and thankless task, according to a new report authored by Colm O’Cinneide, IHR Steering Group member, for the British Academy Policy Centre. 

The report, Human Rights and the UK Constitution, investigates some of the key issues surrounding UK human rights law, including the controversial relationship between the European Court of Human Rights and UK courts. Set against a backdrop of continuing public debate, which reached fever pitch last year following the ECHR ruling on UK prisoner voting, the findings represent a timely and incisive contribution to the ongoing dialogue. 

Completion of the report was overseen by a steering group of leading scholars of constitutional law - Professors Vernon Bogdanor, John Eekelaar, David Feldman, Sandra Fredman, Conor Gearty (all Fellows of the British Academy) and Francesca Klug (LSE). The report has also been rigorously peer reviewed by a number of prominent legal experts, including academics, barristers and former judges. 

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