The British Academy has today, Wednesday 24 August 2016, published two briefings by human rights experts on the implications of potential changes in the UK’s relationship with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The briefings are titled Scotland and the British Bill of Rights proposals, by Christine Bell and Northern Ireland and a Bill of Rights for the United Kingdom, by Colin Harvey. They follow on from the British Academy’s policy report Human Rights and the UK constitution, published in September 2012.
In Northern Ireland and a Bill of Rights for the United Kingdom, Professor Harvey aims to raise awareness of the Northern Ireland context in any new Bill of Rights, and the influence it would have on future relationships between the UK and Ireland.
Scotland and the British Bill of Rights addresses the specific considerations for Scotland of repeal or replacement of the Human Rights Act. It states that if the Human Rights act 1998 were to be repealed or replaced there would be a consequential need to amend the Scotland Act.
The briefings are the first two in a series which will explore ECHR issues. They are available to download here:
Northern Ireland and a Bill of Rights for the United Kingdom, by Colin Harvey
Scotland and the British Bill of Rights, by Christine Bell
A blogpost by Professor Bell and a podcast of both authors discussing the briefings are also available to download.