The charge of the legal brigade

The Economist, 21 May 2009, provides a balanced review of a ground-breaking judicial ruling, extending the scope of Human Rights Act onto the battlefield. See the link below for the full article, quoting my criticism of this kind of precedent. There is further comment on ConHome.

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Law Lord lambasts Strasbourg

One of the country’s most senior judges has criticised the European Court of Human Rights, in a lecture to the Judicial Studies Board. Pointing to the democratic deficit involved in judicial legislation from Strasbourg, Lord Hoffman makes an important distinction between the European Convention of Human Rights (which he supports) and caselaw from Strasbourg which, […]

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Hedge Funds Claiming Human Rights

Responding to the increasing deployment of creative human rights arguments in commercial cases, Afua Hirsch offers a rare criticism of the Human Rights Act from the centre-left in The Guardian. Hirsch argues:‘There seems something deeply counter-intuitive about this incarnation of human rights claims, rooted not in protecting such sacred freedoms as the right to life […]

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