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MPs hear from lawyers and legal experts on Government’s proposals to reform the Human Rights Act

7 February 2022

The Justice Committee will question former Supreme Court Justice Lord Carnwath, human rights barrister Kirsty Brimelow QC and leading academics in the second of two sessions examining proposals to reform the UK’s Human Rights Act.

The purpose of the session

The session will evaluate the Government’s proposals to replace the Act with a Bill of Rights, set out in a consultation published in December.

In the first panel, the Committee will examine how the Government’s proposals would affect the separation of powers and relationship between the executive, legislature and judiciary. The second panel will focus on n the Government’s proposals to include a qualified right to trial by jury in the new Bill of Rights and the role of jury trials in the criminal justice system.

On 1 February the Committee questioned Sir Peter Gross QC, Chair of the Independent Review of the Human Rights Act, on the Review’s recommendations and the extent to which they are reflected in the Government’s consultation.


Tuesday 8 February 2022

Panel 1, from 2.30pm

  • Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill, Former Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Professor Richard Ekins,  Head of Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project and Professor of Law and Constitutional Government, University of Oxford

Panel 2, from 3:30pm

  • Professor Cheryl Thomas QC (Hon), UCL
  • Kirsty Brimelow QC, Doughty Street Chambers; Vice Chair of the Criminal Bar Association

Further information

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