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Disturbing rhetoric on European human rights – from the Express to the Reith lectures

June 16, 2019

 

In an article for 'open Democracy', BiE experts Prof Julian Petley and Prof Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos reflect on Parliament, human rights and judges – how Brexiteers see all of these as impediments to their increasingly autocratic leaders.

 

Taking the recent attacks on parliamentarians such as John Bercow and Dominic Grieve, and the debate on the future of the Human Rights Act in the UK, as an illustration, they conclude that these longstanding attacks are getting bolder.

 

Their analysis extends to Lord Sumption's recent critique of European human rights - in his third Reith lecture - where the former Supreme Court judge has argued that judges - especially those of the European Court of Human Rights - have usurped the power of Parliament by expanding the interpretation of human rights law.

 

Read the article in open Democracy.

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