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.

Read More

Government to retain innocent people’s DNA

Today the government responded to the Marper ruling of the European Court of Human rights, which criticised the permanent retention of the DNA of innocent people. The government announced the retention of innocent DNA for up to 12 years. This is bound to spark further controversy. What’s wrong with the Scottish model? In Scotland, the […]

Read More

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, […]

Read More