The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 (Reg 6) and the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations […]
The Coronavirus Act 2020, the UK’s most substantial legislative response to the Covid-19 pandemic, received Royal Assent yesterday […]
The situation is replete with irony. In the absence of the Assembly a formerly inert Westminster sprung into life to enact three controversial reforms; on same sex marriage, victims’ pensions (pending) and most controversially of all, abortion. Sinn Fein which only acknowledges any legal British authority over Northern Ireland with the greatest reluctance warmly welcomed Westminster’s imposition of the most radical shift possible from the most restrictive to the most sweeping abortion regulations in these islands; while the defenders of … Read more
For those of us who don’t provide an essential service there will be time and energy to spare for the matters I’ve already drawn attention to, such as the government’s latest Legacy proposals produced last week. They abruptly overturned everything that has gone before, reached after years of tortuous gestation and months of consultation, concluding in July last year. They were contained in a brief statement above the name of the new Secretary of State Brandon Lewis: Reconciliation and information … Read more
This week the government intends to push its Coronavirus Bill through Parliament. In its “summary of impacts” document, the government states that the bill is “temporary, emergency legislation” which intends to “provide powers needed to respond to the current coronavirus epidemic.” MPs will be expected to grapple with the 300-page bill over the course of a few days. It will, for as long as it is in operation, fundamentally change our way of life. The legislation represents the biggest diminution … Read more
In R (MR (Pakistan)) v Secretary of State for Justice & Others, the High Court rejected a claim […]
Johnson must not fall for the myth that China is a coming global power, or that it won’t trade with Britain if the Government gets tough on human rights.
Just because it was a focus for Theresa May does not mean it should pass into memory along with her premiership.
Michel Barnier and Boris Johnson set out their negotiating stances ahead of the future relationship talks.
The political has been captured by the legal. Decisions of an executive, legislative and democratic nature have been assumed by our courts.
The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20 will pave the way for the UK to ratify the UK-EU […]
The spat over the UK’s use of a European border control database could impact security cooperation after Brexit.
RTE The Irish government’s decision to commemorate the RIC in a major state ceremony is the right one precisely because it is as controversial as it is fundamental. The modern Irish state was born in insurgency and revolution is always controversial. But it is s also a reminder of that the state born out of revolution was part of a much longer continuum that is not about revolution only. And as Varadkar and Flanagan have pointed out, there is an … Read more
It is no secret that some senior civil servants in the Foreign Office do not share the Prime Minister’s commitment to implementing the Truro Recommendations.
The General Election result finally removes all the sophists, timewasters, and referendum-poopers who have been metaphorically gluing themselves to the Brexit bus. It also provides a double mandate for the Conservative Party leadership. An unambiguous Boris majority quashes any prospects for Labour and Lib Dem guerillistas. Their referendum-repudiating manifesto turned them into oath breakers – […]
The scale of his domestic ambitions and the legacy of the Iraq War suggest that his ambitions will be limited – for the moment at least.
He will remember Lady Hale and her swipe at him over “girly swots”. More pertinently, he will have in mind the court’s constitutionally illterate decision over prorogation.
The resolution of rights issues could help pave the way for a return of devolved government in 2020. What needs to be faced – by unionist parties above all others – is that Northern Ireland only has a long-term future if it can become a society that people of all backgrounds are happy to call home, knowing they and their rights will be respected. Those in favour of Northern Ireland having another 100 years, should start looking for ways to make it a beacon for human rights.
As Hong Kongers take to the streets to protect their rights, London bends over backwards to deny Beijing’s outright disregard for the Joint Declaration.
The ECHR was incorporated into UK domestic law through the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), which came into […]
The issue of whether prisoners should have the right to vote (and, if so, which prisoners) has long […]
They want to defend their way of life, their basic freedoms, their human rights, all of which they see as increasingly threatened by Xi Jinping’s brutal regime.
No deals with Huawei, no control of our nuclear industry, no more infiltration in our university research programmes. We need a values-led strategy.
The High Court in Belfast On Armistice Day Boris Johnson is announcing what he would like to think sounds like a partial amnesty for former soldiers involved in the Troubles as well as foreign engagements like Iraq and Afghanistan. The subject is of course emotive but the substance is far from clear. What does the proposal to draw a line under Troubles prosecutions really mean? Mr Johnson said the party will introduce legislation to ensure the Law of Armed Conflict … Read more
Speaking a couple of weeks ago in Belfast, Amnesty International’s secretary general Kumi Naidoo picked up the title and theme of the UN’s New York summit in September – Climate, Rights and Human Survival.
Proposal by Finland’s EU presidency would keep out China and possibly Turkey too.
The Coalition for Genocide Response, launching today, urges politicians to ensure the UK fulfils its duty to prevent atrocities, protect victims, and bring perpetrators to justice.
Committee says deaths of 39 people inside a truck should be a ‘wake-up call’ for London.
We can define our identity as individuals in three ways: through our choices, by the duties we owe, […]
TW: This article contains references to sexual and domestic violence. On the 24th October 2017, the UK Supreme Court considered Northern Ireland’s abortion laws. The case was taken by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. In its judgment on the 7th June 2018, the Court found that the Commission did not have standing to take the case but found, obiter, that Northern Ireland’s laws breached Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights. The High Court in Belfast made … Read more