‘Common Sense: Reflections on the Human Rights Act’ brings together 10 articles on the Human Rights Act covering the origins and intentions of the Act, how it works in practice and the context behind current political debates about its future.
The booklet by Francesca Klug, Shami Chakrabarti, Helena Kennedy QC, Alan Miller and Monica McWilliams is published by Liberty.
The series was first published on the Guardian’s Comment is Free website as Blogging the Bill of Rights. Written or edited by Francesca Klug (Director of the Human Rights Project, LSE) between January and May 2010, the series includes contributions from Shami Chakrabarti (Director of Liberty), Alan Miller (Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission), Monica McWilliams (Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission) and Helena Kennedy QC (barrister and member of the House of Lords). It also contains an appendix with selected illustrations of how the HRA has operated in the courts, by Helen Wildbore. The title of the booklet recalls Tom Paine’s pamphlet of the same name, published in 1776.
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‘Blogging the Bill of Rights’, on the Guardian’s comment is free pages, has Francesca Klug and occasional guest bloggers discussing the background and context to current political debates on the future of the Human Rights Act and a bill of rights.
Francesca Klug is a Professorial Research Fellow at the LSE and a former independent academic advisor to the government on the model for the Human Rights Act and bills of rights.
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‘”Solidity or Wind?” What’s on the menu in the bill of rights debate?’ by Francesca Klug was published on the Open Democracy website in February 2009.
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The Equality and Diversity Forum held a seminar on 8 May 2006 discussing the Commission for Equality and Human Rights’ duty to promote ‘good relations’ between members of different groups across society.
The seminar considered the meaning of ‘good’ relations, the causes of ‘poor’ relations and the role of the new Commission, Government and others in this area. The event was attended by representatives of equality and human rights organisations as well as by officials from the Government departments responsible for policy in this area.
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This discussion paper was brought together by Patrick Grattan, EDF Secretary, on the basis of input from many people, including EDF Chair Sarah Spencer and participants in the EDF.
It builds on work by Professor Gill Valentine, University of Leeds, for the EDF in Spring 2005.
The CEHR’s Duty to Promote Good Relations
The CEHR’s Duty to Promote Good Relations (Annex)