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Human Rights Act repeal inquiry launches with evidence from academics

20 October 2015

On Tuesday 20 October, the EU Justice Sub-Committee launches a new inquiry into the impact on EU law of a UK decision to repeal the Human Rights Act by speaking to academic experts from the University of Essex, Oxford University and Edinburgh Law School.


The evidence session takes place on Tuesday 20 October in Committee Room 3A, Palace of Westminster.

At 11.15am:

  • Professor Steve Peers, Professor of European Union Law and Human Rights Law, University of Essex and a leading expert on EU justice and home affairs law
  • Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Professor of European and Human Rights Law at Oxford University and a leading expert on the relationship between EU fundamental rights law and European Court of Human Rights law
  • Dr Tobias Lock, Lecturer in EU Law, School of Law, University of Edinburgh

Likely topics

The witnesses are likely to face questions on a number of issues and areas, including:

  • The protection of human rights under the ECHR and in EU law, including any distinctions and overlaps between the scope of human rights protection under the European Convention on Human Rights and under the EU Charter
  • The ramifications of repeal of the Human Rights Act and withdrawal from the ECHR on the UK, including whether a repeal of the HRA could put the UK in direct conflict with EU law and, if so, in which particular areas
  • The ramifications of repeal of the HRA and withdrawal from ECHR for the UK in the EU, including whether a British Bill of Rights would have to be subject to EU law

Further information

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