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Human rights in the United Kingdom Supreme Court
Brice Dickson
Oxford University Press
UK Publication Date

How does the UK Supreme Court approach human rights law?
This book presents the first comprehensive overview of the human rights jurisprudence of the Court, analysing the opinions expressed by the current Justices and their predecessors, both judicially and extra-judicially. It criticizes the judges for not developing the common law in a way which supplements the Human Rights Act, for not making imaginative enough use of that Act, and for adopting an attitude toConvention rights which is often out of step with the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. After setting the scene by explaining the constraints which are placed on the Supreme Court Justices, the book considers how human rights are conceptualized by the Court in general and how in particular the procedural questions thrown up by the Human Rights Act have been dealt with so far. It then examines on a right-by-right basis the Justices' position on all the Convention rights and those additional international human rights standards which have been incorporated into UK law. Focusing onthe views expressed by individual judges, the book details the many differences of opinion which have come to light and characterizes the prevailing positions, before attempting to predict what stance may be adopted in future on new issues.The book offers an invaluable resource for any practitioners bringing human rights cases before the Court, and its critical arguments on the state of UK human rights law will be essential reading for all academics working in European human rights law.

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Brice Dickson is Professor of International and Comparative Law at Queen's University Belfast and a former Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. He has published widely on human rights and on judicial activism, particularly at the level of the House of Lords and Supreme Court.

This book, which offers a panoramic assessment of the record of the UK's highest court on human rights matters , will be greeted with enthusiasm on many sides.
... Clarity and directness are prominent hallmarks of Dickson's style which many will find refreshing ... few will deny that books such as these make a much-needed contribution to public understanding of a very important subject with far-reaching practical implications.

The Commonwealth Lawyer

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Human rights - Great Britain.
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xlii, 429

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