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Does the UK Need Its Own Bill of Rights?

14 January 2013 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Chatham House, London


Philippe Sands QC, Barrister, Matrix Chambers; Professor of International Law, University College London
Martin Howe QC, Member, Commission on a Bill of Rights for the UK; Barrister, 8 New Square, Lincoln's Inn
Chair: Elizabeth Wilmshurst CMG, Associate Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House



Established by the UK government in 2011, the Commission on a Bill of Rights is an independent body which has been consulting on whether the UK needs a new human rights instrument. 

Timed just after the Commission has issued its final report, this discussion will consider the implications of the Commission's findings. The speakers will offer an overview of the debate as to whether a new law is needed and where this would leave the UK's relationship with the European Convention on Human Rights.