The Future of Human Rights Protection in the UK

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University of Leicester event to mark launch of new book on Tuesday 24 November

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 18 November 2015

Ongoing debates about the future of human rights protection in the UK will be discussed at an event in London organised by the University of Leicester on Tuesday 24 November.

The event will mark the launch of a new book ‘The UK and European Human Rights: A Strained Relationship?’ which is edited by Professors Katja Ziegler, Elizabeth Wicks and Dr Loveday Hodson of the University of Leicester’s Centre of European Law and Internationalisation (CELI).

During the event the Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, the former Attorney General from 2010-2014, will speak on ’The Future of Human Rights Protection in the UK: What Do We Know About the Government’s Proposals?’.

Professor Katja Ziegler, Professor of International Law at the University of Leicester’s School of Law, said: “The UK’s engagement with the legal protection of human rights at a European level has been, at varying stages, pioneering, sceptical and antagonistic.

“The UK government, media and public opinion have all at times expressed concerns about the growing influence of European human rights law, particularly in the controversial contexts of prisoner voting and deportation of suspected terrorists as well as in the context of British military action abroad.

“British politicians and judges have also, however, played important roles in drafting, implementing and interpreting the European Convention on Human Rights. Its incorporation into domestic law in the Human Rights Act 1998 intensified the ongoing debate about the UK’s international and regional human rights commitments and its constitutional protection of human rights.”

The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP will address these current debates in his talk. He will discuss the issues of the expected government consultation announced to be published in the autumn about the future of human rights in the UK which is expected to propose that the Human Rights Act is scrapped.

The book launch event is organised by CELI in conjunction with RightsInfo and takes place on Tuesday 24 November between 4.30-7pm at Reed Smith, Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose St, London EC2A 2RS.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception. Doors will open at 4.15 pm. The venue is on the 33th floor of Broadgate Tower, and security passes will need to be issued, so please allow around 10 minutes of time upon arrival.

Registration is required. The event is free of charge, but numbers are limited.  Please register interest with

The book is available from Hart Publishing at

The introduction and table of content of the book can be downloaded freely of charge from the website.


Notes to Editors:

For more information about the book ‘The UK and European Human Rights: A Strained Relationship?’ please contact Professor Katja Ziegler on

Please register interest to the event on Tuesday 24 November with

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