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Sceptical Essays on Human Rights

Tom Campbell, Keith Ewing, and Adam Tomkins


The Human Rights Act 1998 of the United Kingdom is the latest in a wave of legislative and constitutional instruments that have been passed in a number of countries (including Canada, New Zealand and South Africa) and which put human rights at the top of the public law agenda. For the most part, these instruments are widely welcomed by senior judges and by academic and practising lawyers, many of whom will have campaigned for their introduction. There are, however, very considerable doubts about the wisdom of these developments within the democratic tradition of government which remain unanswe ... More

Keywords: Human Rights Act 1998, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, public law, human rights, representative government, political authority, judiciary

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Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199246687
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246687.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom Campbell, editor
Australian National University

Keith Ewing, editor
King's College London
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Adam Tomkins, editor
University of Oxford
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Part I Scepticism and Human Rights

Part II The Impact and Implications of the Human Rights Act

8 Rights versus Devolution

Chris Himsworth

10 Taking Wales Seriously*

Richard Rawlings

Part III The Experience of Elsewhere: Reasons to be Sceptical

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