February 10, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that UK prisoners who had been prevented from voting are not entitled to receive compensation for their legal costs. The 1,015 petitioners are current or ex-prisoners whom the Representation of the People Act of 1983 prevented from voting in ...[read more]
December 22, 2014
by Yuxin Jiang
JURIST Guest Columnist Sascha-Dominik Bachmann, of Bournemouth University in the UK, discusses the present use of incendiary weapons within its legal framework and why the use of such weapons is most likely to continue, as a response to Human Rights Watch's call to end incendiary weapon use in ...[read more]
October 31, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants Francois Crepea on Friday urged British authorities to reconsider their decision not to support search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. Crepea's statements come as a response to the UK's announcement earlier this week it will not ...[read more]
November 29, 2012
by Theresa Donovan
JURIST Columnist Paul Johnson, Anniversary Reader at the University of York, in the first of two pieces on laws pertaining to homosexual acts in Dependencies of the UK, argues that male, homosexual-specific criminal offenses in Guernsey should be modernized to parallel the laws of the UK...The ...[read more]
October 16, 2012
by Blake Lynch
UK Home Secretary Theresa May announced Tuesday to the House of Commons that she would block the US extradition of British computer hacker, Gary McKinnon. Relying on Article 3 of the Human Rights Act concerning prohibition of torture, May announced she would stop McKinnon's extradition. May's ...[read more]
April 13, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Ben Emmerson on Thursday expressed regret over a US court decision denying Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by a member of the UK parliament and the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition. Earlier this month ...[read more]
November 15, 2011
by Drew Singer
The Scottish Human Rights Commission on Monday condemned plans for a UK Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights would replace the UK Human Rights Act, but Commission leader Alan Miller said the new legislation would weaken civil liberties rather than protect them. Instead, he argued, the UK should ...[read more]
June 30, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On June 30, 2010, the UK Supreme Court ruled that the 1998 Human Rights Act, which incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into UK law, does not apply to armed forces on foreign soil and that a soldier's family does not have an automatic right to an investigation into cause of ...[read more]
May 18, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On May 18, 2009, the England and Wales Court of Appeal ruled that the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) applies to UK troops serving abroad. The court found that the UK's obligation under the Human Rights Act of 1998, which implemented the ECHR in the UK, extended in some cases beyond ...[read more]
April 21, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On April 21, 2010, the UK Supreme Court ruled that the sex offender registry requirement violated the right to privacy. The case involved an appeal filed by two convicted sex offenders who challenged the notification requirement of Section 82 of the 2003 Sexual Offences Act, which mandated ...[read more]

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