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The United Kingdom's Statutory Bill of Rights: Constitutional and Comparative Perspectives

Roger Masterman and Ian Leigh

Abstract

More than a decade after it came into force in October 2000 the Human Rights Act 1998 continues to divide opinion. Its supporters argue that the Act represents a subtle reconciliation of human rights protection with the UK's parliamentary democratic tradition and that it has given rise to a sophisticated interplay between the judiciary and elected politicians. Critics of the Act, on the other hand, charge it with failing in one of two opposing directions — either by ushering in judicial supremacism or as an exercise in futility. Unloved by the political elite, the Act's future is once again un ... More

Keywords: Human Rights Act, Bill of Rights, constitution, constitutional law, constitutional reform, comparative law

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780197265376
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265376.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Masterman, editor
Durham University

Ian Leigh, editor
Durham University

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