The Repeal of the Human Rights Act: Law, Politics, and People

  • Date and time: Monday 15 June 2015, 1.00pm to 3pm
  • Location: Room RCH/017, Ron Cooke Hub, Heslington East
  • Admission: is free and open to all. No ticket required.

Event details

Morrell Centre for Toleration

The Conservative Government has announced a “consultation” into its proposal to repeal the Human Rights Act and to replace it with a “British Bill of Rights”.

In this round table, a group of academics and activists will examine the legal and political issues and implications of the proposal.

Participants (tbc) and topics include:

  • Dr Joanna Gilmore (York Law School), “‘The HRA and the Right to Protest”
  • Representatives from RAPAR (Refugee and Asylum Seeker Participatory Action Research), a Manchester-­‐based human rights organisation working with people, both locally and further afield, who are at risk of having their rights denied.
  • Abiola who, together with RAPAR and her family, is fighting the deportation of her daughter to Nigeria where she faces female genital mutilation http://www.rapar.org.uk/olayinka-­‐and-­‐her-­‐family-­‐must-­‐stay-­‐in-­‐britain.html 
  • Dr Adam Tucker (York Law School), “Bullshit and the Human Rights Debate (and How We Should Respond)”
  • Dr Kathryn Wright (York Law School), “The ECHR and EU Membership”
  • University of York Amnesty International

The event is sponsored by the Morrell Centre for Toleration at the University of York and will be chaired by its Director, Matt Matravers

Various speakers, see below.