The Human Rights Act 1998 brought the European Convention on Human Rights into British law. This work provides an introduction to the Act and Convention. It provides an explanation of how the Human Rights Act 1998 has been applied; summarizes the interpretative techniques that lawyers need to understand; and more.
"Even after a mere two years, it is possible to form a reasonably clear impression as to what are likely be the ultimate consequences of the ECHR being made part of our domestic law. It is already obvious that the result will be changes, significant changes, to our constitutional arrangements" - Lord Woolf, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. The Human Rights Act 1998 brought the European Convention on Human Rights into British law. Since this important, constitutional Act came into force it has had a momentous impact on our legal system. For example: challenges to the human rights compatibility of primary legislation have led to the amendment of Acts of Parliament (for instance the Mental Health Act); significant areas of criminal law have been reviewed - including some statutory presumptions and assumptions (for example on the possession of drugs); the test for judicial review in human rights cases has been substantially altered; the right to life has been used to improve coroners' inquests but has not been held to grant a right to die; and the competing rights of privacy and freedom of expression have been instrumental in determining cases where celebrities have tried to prevent newspapers publishing stories about them. The third edition puts these recent developments in context and provides an up-to-date introduction to the Act and Convention. Building on the best-selling previous editions, the new guide has been extensively rewritten for even greater ease of use. "Blackstone's Guide to the Human Rights Act 1998": provides a clear, concise explanation of how the Human Rights Act 1998 has been applied; summarizes the interpretative techniques that lawyers need to understand; outlines the scope of the Convention articles and highlights key domestic cases on relevant rights; and details further sources for research on domestic and Strasbourg human rights jurisprudence. No practitioner, law teacher, or student should be without this guide. All royalties from sales are donated to liberty's work in protecting civil liberties and promoting human rights.