Committee examines how Government reforms could change human rights protections in the UK
8 February 2022
The Joint Committee on Human Rights continues its inquiry into proposed reforms of the Human Rights Act on Wednesday 9 February when it takes evidence from practising barristers and a Professor in human rights law.
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- Inquiry: Human Rights Act reform
- Joint Committee on Human Rights
Purpose of the session
The Government is currently consulting on proposed reforms to the Human Rights Act Among the options under consideration are changes to how UK courts can deal with legislation which is incompatible with human rights and restrictions on when a victim of a human rights violation can bring a case. The Government is also considering including the right to jury trial in a Bill of Rights, strengthening the right to freedom of expression as compared to other rights, and further restricting the rights of foreign national offenders and asylum seekers facing deportation.
In this evidence session the Committee will examine the impact of the proposed changes on how human rights are enforced and litigated. It will also consider how they could change the relationship between the courts, the Government and Parliament.
Wednesday 9 February 2022
- Schona Jolly QC, Barrister, Cloisters
- Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
- Elizabeth Prochaska, Equality and Human Rights Barrister, 11 King’s Bench Walk
- Professor Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law, London School of Economics