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What Would a British Bill of Rights Mean for the UK?

5 November 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Chatham House, London


Anthony Speaight QC, Barrister, 4 Pump Court; Member, Commission on a Bill of Rights (2011-12)
Sir Keir Starmer QC, Member of Parliament (Labour); Director of Public Prosecutions (2008-13)
Chair: Nathalie Lieven QC, Barrister, Landmark Chambers



The UK government has indicated that it will shortly publish its proposals for replacing the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. Earlier this year, the Conservative Party pledged in its election manifesto to ‘break the formal link’ between UK courts and the European Court of Human Rights by repealing this Act. 

This meeting will explore the implications of the government's proposals becoming law. What concerns lie behind the move to replace the Human Rights Act? What would a British Bill of Rights look like and would it effectively address these concerns? Would a Bill of Rights affect the UK's ability to abide by its international human rights obligations, in particular those flowing from the European Convention on Human Rights? What would be the effect on the devolved administrations of Scotland and Northern Ireland? And what would be the broader consequences for the UK's reputation?

This event will be followed by a drinks reception.

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.