Divergent views from two men who sat on the Commission on the Bill of Rights, Martin Howe QC and Philippe Sands QC, at Chatham House on 14 January 2013.
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
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 considers the implications of the Commission's findings. The speakers 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.