Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Human Rights Act

In celebration of the seventh anniversary of the Human Rights Act (1998) Michael Wills MP, Human Rights Minister, Ministry of Justice, will make a short presentation and take questions at this Human Rights Lawyers' Association (HRLA) event: "Human Rights in Brown's Britain: Surviving, Thriving or Petrified?" Chaired by Prof Francesca Klug OBE (LSE; Commissioner at the HR), this is your opportunity to put your question to the Minister concerning UK human rights policy. Issues to be covered include:

Are human rights protected effectively in Britain in the 21st Century. Has the Human Rights Act 1998 struck the right balance or has it gone too far, or not far enough? Do we need a British Bill of Rights? Will human rights be sidelined in the new mission for Equality and Human Rights? Should our access to rights be conditional? To enjoy rights, should we not have responsibilities? What difference does it make that British controlled areas of Iraq are covered by the HRA? Does the EU Charter complete human rights protection within the EU, or is it a devise, though well intentioned, that is likely to undermine the British constitutional settlement? Questions will be taken from the floor, but can be submitted in advance. Questions submitted in advance must be sent to HRLA's administrator by midday on 1 October.

The Minister has also agreed to stay for drinks after the session.
Date: 1 October 2007
Time: Doors open and refreshments from 6.00 pm, Minister from 6.30pm, Drinks will follow the presentation
Venue: Royal Society for Arts, 8 John Adam St, London WC2

CPD: 1.5
To guarantee your place please contact HRLA's Administrator: Domonique Delgado
020 7242 1289

For more information about the HRLA please go to

Jonathan Cooper
Doughty Street Chambers

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