This chapter focuses on the important contributions that the House has made to protecting human rights in the UK. In the last twenty years, and particularly since 2000, human rights have become central to the work and thinking of the Law Lords. This reorientation of values has significantly changed public law and may come to affect private law as well. Principled consistency is becoming more important than substantive rationality and pragmatism in most cases, although the search for consistent principles is proving difficult and the essential requirements that judicial decisions should be workable and ultimately acceptable still operate.
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