UCL Institute for Human Rights


Colm O'Cinneide comments on David Cameron’s pledge to repeal the Human Rights Act

13 October 2014

The LSE Democratic Audit Blog invited Colm O'Cinneide, Reader in Laws at the UCL Faculty of Laws, and various human rights law experts to comment on the Prime Minister's pledge to repeal the Human Rights Act.

According to Colm, "...it appears as if the Conservatives are trying to achieve two policy aims through their proposed new Bill of Rights. Firstly, they wish to minimise the impact of ECHR judgments on UK law, and to reduce the status of the Strasbourg Court to a purely ‘advisory’ role. Secondly, they wish to carve out exceptions to the system of rights protection established by the ECHR and HRA, which will greatly limit the rights of terrorist suspects, Travellers and other ‘undesirables’.

"Both of these policy aims are highly problematic, to put it mildly."