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.
Human Rights Reform and the UK’s International Human Rights Obligations
This briefing aims to place human rights reform proposals into the broader context of the UK’s international obligations.
Human Rights from the Perspective of Devolution in Wales
A briefing arguing that a new Bill of Rights would require considerable attention to be given to the detail of the Welsh governance system.
Northern Ireland and a Bill of Rights for the United Kingdom
This briefing explores the influence that a new Bill of Rights would have on the relationship between the UK and Ireland.