Human Rights Law


Human Rights Law is written in an engaging and lively style with an emphasis on explaining the key topics covered on human rights law courses with clarity. No previous knowledge of the subject is assumed but the book provides a thorough introduction to the Human Rights Act 1998 and the way in which the Act gives effect to the European Convention on Human Rights. It looks at the main terms and implications of the convention rights themselves, highlighting some of the more complex...

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Human Rights Law is written in an engaging and lively style with an emphasis on explaining the key topics covered on human rights law courses with clarity. No previous knowledge of the subject is assumed but the book provides a thorough introduction to the Human Rights Act 1998 and the way in which the Act gives effect to the European Convention on Human Rights. It looks at the main terms and implications of the convention rights themselves, highlighting some of the more complex and controversial issues of the subject.

Howard Davis draws on his considerable teaching and authorial experience to guide students through human rights law in an engaging way, making use of helpful features including definitions, summaries, discussion topics and questions to explain and emphasize key issues. The text is made even easier to navigate through the use of a fresh color design, clear cross-referencing and many headings.

Online Resource Centre

The book is complemented by a website providing a range of free resources. Updates to case law and legislative developments are provided twice a year. An interactive test bank of questions linked to the book provides students with the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge and truly engage with the subject.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408266793
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011

Meet the Author

Dr Howard Davis is a Reader in Public Law at Bournemouth Law School where he teaches human rights, constitutional law and administrative law. He is also a visiting Professor at the University of Pisa (Italy) and was previously the Head of the School of Law at the Southampton Institute. He is the author of a number of books and articles on human rights and civil liberties.

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Table of Contents

Table of cases     xix
Table of conventions     xxxiii
Table of UK legislation     xxxvii
Guide to the book     xl
Guide to the Online Resource Centre     xlii
Introduction: the idea of human rights     1
Introduction     2
General idea of human rights     2
Political, legal and constitutional theory     4
What rights do we have?     8
Human rights movement     10
Summary     13
Further Reading     13
The European Convention on Human Rights     14
Introduction     15
The history and development of the convention system     15
The Council of Europe     16
European Convention on Human Rights: the rights and freedoms     19
The states' obligations and the impact of the Convention in domestic law     23
Enforcing the Convention     26
The European Court of Human Rights     29
Taking a case to Europe: admissibility of the initial application     32
The future     35
Summary     36
Questions     36
Further Reading     37
The European Convention and the law of the UnitedKingdom     38
Introduction     39
Putting the Article 1 obligation into effect     39
The status of international law: no direct enforceability of the Convention in United Kingdom courts     41
The impact of the Convention on the development of the law     43
The European Union     48
'Human rights' protection in the United Kingdom before the Human Rights Act: a mixed story     48
Summary     51
Questions     52
Further Reading     52
The Human Rights Act 1998 (1) rights and duties     53
Introduction and summary     54
Origins of the Human Rights Act     54
Identification of Convention rights     56
Section 2 HRA: the ECHR and 'Convention Rights'     58
Legislation and the Human Rights Act: sections 3, 4, 5 and 10     59
The duty on public authorities: sections 6, 7 and 8     71
The Courts and the Human Rights Act: proportionality and deference     79
The Courts and the Human Rights Act: the Convention and private law     82
Ministers and Parliament     84
Commission for Equality and Human Rights     86
Bringing the Act into effect     87
Where does the Human Rights Act apply?      88
Summary     91
Questions     91
Further Reading     92
Human Rights Act 1998 (2) proceedings and remedies     93
Introduction     94
Article 13 and the need for a remedy     94
Redress of grievances in the United Kingdom     96
Interpreting legislation: remedies and section 3     98
Actions against public authorities     99
Remedies, sections 8 and 9     104
Summary     109
Questions     110
Further Reading     110
Convention law: pervasive themes     111
Introduction     112
Legality and the rule of law     112
Margin of appreciation     115
Democracy     118
Proportionality     120
Positive duties     122
Summary     123
Questions     123
Further Reading     123
Ancillary rights     124
Introduction     125
Article 14     125
Article 15     130
Article 17     134
Article 18     136
Article 16     137
Summary      137
Questions     138
Further Reading     138
Article 2 Right to Life     139
Introduction     140
General principles     140
The intentional use of force by police, military and other state agents     143
The duty on states to take adequate steps to protect life (positive duty)     149
Medical treatment     153
The need for a full investigation     159
Death penalty     163
War     163
Summary     164
Questions     164
Further Reading     165
Article 3 prohibition of torture     166
Introduction     167
The fundamental nature of Article 3     167
Definitions: 'torture'; 'inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment'     169
State responsibility and positive duties     172
The illegality of torture     174
Deliberate ill-treatment by officials     178
Punishment     178
Unintended suffering and hardship     183
Deportations-'foreign cases'     187
Summary     190
Questions     191
Further Reading     191
Article 4 prohibition of slavery and forced labour     192
Introduction     193
The ban on slavery and servitude     193
Forced or compulsory labour, Article 4(2)     196
Article 4(3) exclusions     197
Summary     197
Question     199
Further Reading     200
Article 5 right to liberty and security     201
Introduction     202
The right to liberty and the law of England and Wales     203
Deprivation of liberty     204
Procedure prescribed by law: non-arbitrariness     206
The purposes of lawful deprivation of liberty     208
The right to be informed, Article 5(2)     218
Judicial supervision of deprivation of liberty: introduction     219
Judicial supervision prior to trial, Article 5(3)     220
Judicial supervision of persons deprived of their liberty, Article 5(4)     224
Article 5(5) compensation     228
Summary     228
Questions     228
Further Reading     229
Right to a fair trial     230
Introduction     231
English law and fair trials     232
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)     233
The application of Article 6: introduction     234
The application of Article 6: 'civil rights and obligations'     234
The application of Article 6: 'criminal charge'     238
Express rights, implied rights and qualifications     241
Article 6(1) access to court     241
Article 6(1) an 'independent and impartial tribunal'     244
Public hearing     247
Pronounced publicly     249
Trial within a reasonable time     249
Article 6(1) the nature of a fair hearing     251
Additional rights relating only to criminal trials     258
Article 6(2) the presumption of innocence     258
Article 6(2) and the right to silence     260
Article 6(3) the rights of the defence     262
Summary     266
Questions     267
Further Reading     267
Article 7 no punishment without law     268
Introduction     269
General principles governing Article 7(1)     270
Article 7(1) and offences (the first sentence)     272
Article 7(1) and punishment (the second sentence)     275
Article 7(2) war crimes exception     278
Summary     279
Questions      279
Further Reading     279
Introduction to Articles 8-11     280
Introduction     281
The structure of Articles 8-11     281
The scope of the first paragraph     281
Whether there has been an interference for which the state is responsible     282
Whether the interference for which the state is responsible can be justified under the terms of the second paragraph     282
Summary     284
Question     284
Further Reading     284
Article 8 right to respect for private and family life     285
Introduction     286
The states' obligations and positive duties     288
The approach of courts to Article 8     289
''     290
'Family life'     295
'Home'     297
'Correspondence'     299
Environmental law     299
Article 8(2)     301
Social issues and Article 8     304
Summary     313
Questions     313
Further Reading     314
Article 9 freedom of thought, conscience and religion     315
Introduction     316
Article 9(1) the unrestrictable right to thought, conscience and religion     318
Article 9(1) the manifestation of religion     320
Article 9(2) restrictions on the manifestation of religion or belief     322
Blasphemy     326
Religious dress and the manifestation of religion     328
Summary     329
Questions     330
Further Reading     330
Article 10 freedom of expression     331
Introduction     332
Freedom of expression as a value in common law     332
Article 10 general issues     333
Freedom of expression and section 12 HRA 1998     336
The scope of Article 10(1)     337
Freedom of the media     338
Restrictions under Article 10(2)     340
Expression on political and public issues     345
Political expression and the political process     348
The limits to political speech: hate speech, racism and incitement     352
Freedom of expression and Article 8     355
Freedom of expression and contempt of court     355
Artistic expression     355
Commercial expression     357
Summary     358
Questions     358
Further Reading     359
Article 11 freedom of assembly and association     360
Introduction     361
The structure of Article 11     361
Meetings, marches and demonstrations     361
Freedom of association     365
Trade unions     367
Political restriction     368
Summary     368
Question     369
Further Reading     369
Article 12 right to marry     370
Introduction     371
Marriage     371
Founding a family     373
Regulating marriage     374
Transsexuals     376
Summary     377
Question     377
Further Reading     377
Article 1 of the First Protocol protection of property     378
Introduction     379
The definition of 'possessions'     380
General approach: three rules or one?     382
Has there been an interference and if so, of what type?     383
Is the interference lawful?     385
Justifications: legitimate purpose     386
Proportionality     388
Compensation     391
Summary     392
Questions     392
Further Reading     393
Article 2 of the First Protocol right to education     394
Introduction     395
General principles and the basic right     395
The education system     396
The curriculum: pluralism and diversity     398
Parental convictions     399
The United Kingdom's reservation     400
Summary     401
Questions     402
Further Reading     402
Article 3 of the First Protocol right to free elections     403
Introduction     404
General principles     404
The electoral system     407
Individual restrictions     409
'The legislature' and wider rights of political action     411
Summary     413
Question     413
Further Reading     414
Anti-terrorism law and human rights     415
Introduction     416
The underlying principles     417
Anti-terrorism legislation in the United Kingdom     418
The definition of terrorism     421
Convention compatibility     422
Proscription     423
Treatment of terrorist suspects     424
Police powers     428
Fair trials     430
Glorification of terrorism     432
Conclusion     433
Summary     433
Questions     434
Further Reading     434
Conclusion     435
Judges and policy     436
Judges and deference     436
Human Rights Act and policy     437
Parliament     437
International human rights     438
Further Reading     438
Index     439
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