The Future of the
UK Bill of Rights
Professor Philippe Sands QC
on Monday 4th March 2013, from 1.05-1.55pm
Denys Holland Lecture Theatre
UCL Law Faculty Graduate Wing
Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens
London WC1H 0EG
About this lecture:
In December of 2012, the Commission on a UK Bill of Rights presented their findings in a paper marked by a deep lack of consensus. On the surface, this division was attributed to the polarized political standpoints within the Commission. For the minority, Philippe Sands QC, a Liberal Democrat adviser, opposed the introduction of a UK Bill of Rights on three grounds: devolution, responses to the Commissions’ consultations, and decoupling the UK from the European Convention on Human Rights. Supporting a UK Bill of Rights became a smokescreen for severing Britain’s relationship with Strasbourg – an unwarranted departure from the Commissions’ framework of reference. Philippe Sands QC will speak of his experience of working for the Commission, and he will address the future implications of their Report. Will calls for a UK Bill of Rights resurge after the 2014 Scottish Referendum on independence? Or will the existing Human Rights Act by then become regarded as a "UK Bill of Rights in all but name”?
About the speaker:
Professor Philippe Sands QC is a barrister at Matrix Chambers and Professor of Law at University College London. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto and the Universite de Paris I (Sorbonne), and has held academic positions at the University of Cambridge and NYU. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the European Journal of International Law and Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (Blackwell Press). As a practicing barrister he has extensive experience litigating cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, and the European Court of Justice. Professor Sands is also a regular commentator on the BBC and CNN.
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