The UK and European Human Rights

A Strained Relationship?

Edited by: Katja S. Ziegler, Elizabeth Wicks, Loveday Hodson

The UK's engagement with the legal protection of human rights at a European level has been, at varying stages, pioneering, sceptical, and antagonistic. The UK government, media, and public opinion have all at times expressed concerns about the growing influence of European human rights law, particularly in the controversial contexts of prisoner voting and deportation of suspected terrorists, as well as in the context of British military action abroad. British politicians and judges have also, however, played important roles in drafting, implementing, and interpreting the European Convention on Human Rights. Its incorporation into domestic law in the Human Rights Act 1998 intensified the ongoing debate about the UK's international and regional human rights commitments. Furthermore, the increasing importance of the EU in the human rights sphere has added another layer to the relationship and highlights the complex relationship(s) between the UK government, the Westminster Parliament, and judges in the UK, Strasbourg, and Luxembourg. This book analyzes the topical and contentious issue of the relationship between the UK and the European systems for the protection of human rights from doctrinal, contextual, and comparative perspectives. It explores factors that influence the relationship of the UK and European human rights. The book will be a fascinating read for scholars of human rights, constitutional law, and European law. [Subject: European Law, Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law]

Publication Date: 12/14/2015
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781849467957

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