In February 2015, an opinion by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on accession to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR) was published.
Government guidance on who is eligible for legal aid in exceptional cases was ruled ‘unlawful’ by the Court of Appeal on Monday 15 December 2014.
Launched in November 2014, the modern slavery strategy sets out the Government’s comprehensive cross-government approach to tackling modern slavery.
The ‘Restorative justice action plan: 2014’ commits the Government to developing a more strategic and coherent approach to the use of restorative justice in England and Wales.
‘The Government response to the Second Report of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution Session 2014/15: Criminal Justice and Courts Bill’ was published in September 2014.
Identifying Human Rights Stories: A scoping study by Dr Alice Donald and Elizabeth Mottershaw was published in July 2014.
Legislation introduced on 16 June 2014 makes forcing someone to marry against their will a criminal offence.
On 14 May 2014, the Joint Committee on Human Rights heard evidence on the work of the Equality and Human Rights Committee.
On 6 February 2014 – International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation – the Government published a declaration to end Female Genital Mutilation in the UK and abroad.
Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 30 January. The Bill is now the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014.