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European Convention on Human Rights

This series of briefings examines the UK’s relationship with the European Convention on Human Rights and considers proposals for reform in the context of the UK’s broader international obligations.

The British Academy’s briefings on the European Convention on Human Rights aim to inform UK policies as they relate to the devolution process, the implementation of international human rights obligations domestically and proposals for reform of the existing human rights framework in the UK.

They follow on from a British Academy report on ‘Human Rights and the UK Constitution’, which concluded that the current state of human rights law in the UK strikes a good balance between respect for democracy and the need to protect human rights.  Attempting to recalibrate this delicate balance may prove to be a difficult and thankless task.


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Europe's Futures

A programme of activities promoting the UK’s engagement with European partners and illustrating the value of the social sciences and humanities for better understanding of the potential pathways for the Europe of tomorrow.


We foster international collaboration in the humanities and social sciences, and promote the sharing of international perspectives on global challenges.

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