Human rights

Retroactive human rights law

Matthew Duncan explains why a 60-year-old settlement is subject to the Human Rights Act

06 May 2020

Patients at risk: revisiting the extent of public bodies’ duties

While establishing that all psychiatric patients, regardless of status, are owed the same duty, the European Court of Human Rights has also minimised the meaningfulness of its decision in practice

04 Jun 2019

Will ‘Cliff’s Law’ really enhance privacy rights?

Neither the Cliff Richard ruling nor the subsequent eponymous bill are likely to dramatically improve the rights of individuals under investigation against the prying eyes of the media, sugges

06 Apr 2019

SRA pays Leigh Day £1m

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has agreed to pay Leigh Day £1m to cover the costs associated with the regulator’s appeal of its unsuccessful prosecution of th

22 Jan 2019

The mundane everyday usefulness of human rights laws

Liberty director Martha Spurrier talks to Jean-Yves Gilg about how the Human Rights Act has changed English law for th

25 Sep 2017

Living and dying with dignity

Helen O’Nions reflects on questions of individual autonomy and the public interest in recent human right

14 Aug 2017

Colombian human rights defenders: Peace but no respite

It’s all too easy to be shocked by the human rights abuses taking place around the world without thinking of the dangers faced by the lawyers trying to prevent them, writes Rish

08 Aug 2017

Ban on full-face veil in public 'proportionate' limitation on freedom of religio

Domestic law-makers have wide discretion in matter of general policy but case shouldn’t be seen as setting wider precedent, judge

12 Jul 2017

Rape as a tool of war

Sexual violence against women is no longer seen as just a by-product of conflict, yet there is still more to be done to ensure perpetrators of rape are brought to justice, writes Hilar

11 Jul 2017