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Workshop: Implications of a British Bill of Rights and Repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998

25th July 2016

A key initiative in the Conservative Party's 2015 manifesto was to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 in order to 'break the formal link between the UK and Strasbourg' and to allow UK courts to adjudicate human rights claims under a British Bill of Rights without reference to Strasbourg case law. These plans were recently referred to again in the Queen's Speech last month and a consultation paper outlining the Government's proposals is expected to be published following the EU referendum on 23 June 2016. The purpose of the workshop on the 25 July 2016 is to facilitate discussion, between parliamentarians, experts and the most prominent practitioners and academics of human rights law, on the implications of these plans.

The workshop will involve a series of panel discussions. Each discussion will cover a theme designed in response to the Government's consultation paper, provided it has been published by the time of the workshop. In the event that the publication of the consultation plans are further delayed and not in circulation at the time of the workshop, panel discussions will be focused on themes covering what are anticipated to be the major issues raised by the consultation. Confirmed participants will be asked to contribute short interventions on particular panel topics but the majority of the day will be reserved for open discussion. The workshop is closed. However, we anticipate that statements made will be disclosable to the general public unless the speaker specifically invokes the Chatham House Rule for particular statements.

Spaces are limited and the event is invitation-only, however if you have not received an invite and are interested in coming please email: d.lock@ucl.ac.uk

This workshop is part of activity funded by a UCL Public Policy grant.

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