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18:00 - 19:30 23 March 2015
Britain and the European Convention on Human Rights
Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre |
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
Speaker, Andrea Coomber, Director, JUSTICE
Speaker, Dr Simon Heffer, The Daily Mail
Speaker, Professor Philippe Sands, UCL, Matrix Chambers
Chair, Joshua Rozenberg, legal commentator and journalist (BBC, Guardian)
Introduced by, Dr Virginia Mantouvalou, Reader in Human Rights and Labour Law, UCL
The European Court of Human Rights has come under attack in recent years. Critics suggest that the court has gone too far in the interpretation of human rights, showing disrespect for decisions of democratically elected governments. The court has also been criticised for micromanaging situations that should be left to national authorities to decide.
Proponents of the European human rights system, on the contrary, argue that the Convention is a living instrument, that the court is correctly placing limitations to what a democratically elected government can do, and that the fact that the court is not democratically accountable strengthens human rights protection.
This public debate will address and assess both points of view. Organised by the UCL European Institute and the UCL Institute for Human Rights as part of a 2-year series on Britain & Europe, it will also consider the question whether the UK needs its own British Bill of Rights.
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