The Human Rights Act Should Not Be Repealed

4 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2016  

Conor A. Gearty

London School of Economics - Law Department

Date Written: September 7, 2016

Abstract

There is no reason to repeal the Human Rights Act and the government’s manifesto commitment to do so should be dropped. The objections to it are misconceived, the arguments against it being based either on inaccurate understandings of what it says or error-strewn assertions about the nature of its impact. The political motive for attacking the Act – to undermine the UK’s association with Europe – has been overtaken by the much greater European disengagement of BREXIT.

Keywords: Human Rights Act, BREXIT, European Convention on Human Rights, British Bill of Rights

JEL Classification: K19

Suggested Citation

Gearty, Conor A., The Human Rights Act Should Not Be Repealed (September 7, 2016). LSE Law - Policy Briefing Paper No. 16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2836074 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2836074

Conor A. Gearty (Contact Author)

London School of Economics - Law Department ( email )

Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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