School of Law

'After the Human Rights Act': problems and perspectives

05 June 2009 | 9.30 am - 5.00 pm | Workshop
University House, University of Leeds

The future shape and content of human rights legislation is a live policy issue across all the main political parties in the UK.

A Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) report in August 2008 revealed that each of the main political parties proposes distinctive reforms to the protection of human rights in the UK.

A Joseph Rowntree survey in 2006 indicated that 77% favoured a British Bill of Rights to protect individual freedom.

Whilst consensus exists on this point, agreement breaks down over the nature and purpose of reforms: there is much debate on the types of rights to be protected in any future British Bill, the future for the Human Rights Act, and the impact of any reforms on the relationships between the executive, Parliament and the courts.

These issues are the subject for discussion at the workshop.

Location Details

University House is next to the Leeds University Union and refectory, and sits on the corner of Cromer Terrace.

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