About this debate:
In March 2011 the Coalition government launched a Commission to investigate the case for a British Bill of Rights, which would replace the Human Rights Act (HRA). The HRA was passed by the Labour government in 1998, giving legal effect to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and allowing domestic courts to rely on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. The question of whether Britain needs a UK Bill of Rights and the precise role of the ECHR at domestic level, divides experts and members of the public alike. The UCL Institute for Human Rights invites you to a public debate on this important constitutional question.
The Panel includes:
- Lord McNally, Minister of State for Justice
- Chris Bryant MP – Shadow Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform
- Saladin Meckled-Garcia, UCL Institute for Human Rights
The chair will be taken by Joshua Rozenberg, Presenter of BBC’s Law in Action