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Anne Smith and Colin Harvey: Where Next for a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland?

On the 10 December 2018 we launched the findings of our research project funded by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) about the next steps for a Northern Ireland Bill of … Continue reading

February 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Lewis Graham: Hallam v Secretary of State: Under What Circumstances Can the Supreme Court Depart from Strasbourg Authority?

The Supreme Court recently handed down its decision in R (Hallam) v Secretary of State for Justice [2019] UKSC 2. It is an important and complex judgment, featuring seven separate … Continue reading

February 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jacob Rowbottom: Cakes, Gay Marriage and the Right against Compelled Speech

In the high-profile decision in Lee v Ashers, the Supreme Court had to consider a customer’s rights against discrimination along with the baker’s right to freedom of expression. In its … Continue reading

October 16, 2018 · 4 Comments

Shona Wilson Stark: In Re Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s Application for Judicial Review [2018] UKSC 27: A Declaration in All but Name?

All eyes were on the UK Supreme Court (UKSC) last week as it gave judgment in In Re Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s Application for Judicial Review [2018] UKSC 27, … Continue reading

June 12, 2018 · 2 Comments

Liora Lazarus: Do Human Rights Impede Effective Counterterrorism?

Theresa May and Keir Starmer disagree about whether human rights impede effective counterterrorism.  Both bring experience at the coalface of this field, May as former Home Secretary, and Starmer as … Continue reading

June 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Anne Smith and Monica McWilliams: Now Is the Time to Re-open the Debate about Progressing the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights

Following the results of the Brexit referendum  in the UK and the Conservative’s plans both to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights and to withdraw … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

Richard Clayton QC: New Directions for Article 10: Strasbourg Reverses the Supreme Court in Kennedy

The Supreme Court decision in Kennedy v Charity Commission was striking from many points of view.  Mr Kennedy was a journalist frustrated by the way the Commission handled his allegations … Continue reading

December 13, 2016 · 3 Comments