It was 65 years ago, on 10th December 1948 that the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - 'recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.'
In the UK,
the notion of human rights enforceable at law against the State has come under increasing attack from politicians including, as Lady Hale noted in her recent speech at Warwick, Ministers in the present government. A number of judges have entered the fray by delivering lectures which are critical of the stance adopted in some areas by the European Court of Human Rights. This blog has looked at some of those speeches recently.
|Nelson Mandela Statue - Parliament Square||London|
Writing in The Guardian 10th December, former President of the European Court of Human Rights (Sir Nicolas Bratza) expresses his disappointments and hopes with regard to human rights protection in the UK. "The fight to preserve the Human Rights Act and to keep the United Kingdom within the convention will be a hard one, but it is one worth winning. It is more than that. It is a fight that must be won."
Lady Hale on Human Rights Law
Thoughts on the Hamlyn Lecture by Lord Justice Laws
a look at Lord Judge's entry to the competititon
My thoughts (as a citizen) on Lord Sumption's Azlan Shah lecture - This post was reproduced by LEGAL BUSINESS on 10th December (Human Rights Day 2013)
Sumption and Laws - background notes
Human Rights Day over for 2013 but why isn't every day a Human Rights day? Has to be or we lose them!
— ObiterJ (@ObiterJ) December 11, 2013