Thursday, 4 November 2010
European Convention is 60 years old: new website
4th November 1950 saw the adoption of the European Convention on Human Rights. A new website has been set up to celebrate this immensely valuable development in the law. Those who criticise the Convention should remember that under the British doctrine of the Sovereignty (or Supremacy) of Parliament nothing is actually guaranteed to the British people. Since the UK is a signatory - and has been since the beginning - there are some constraints on governmental power and, since the Human Rights Act 1998, it is easier to enforce the Convention rights in British courts. Further discussion of the Convention is here.
See also "Human Rights are our best safeguard against tyrannical rule" - Sigrid Rausing - Guradian 5th November.