“Europe needs the Convention and Europe needs the Court”

19 June 2014 by

PhaleTwo fascinating speeches to recommend.

Lord Phillips, former Supreme Court President, gave a thoughtful speech at Kings College on whether human rights are a “force for good or a threat to democracy”. He expressed quite significant concerns over some recent Strasbourg decisions on jurisdiction, prisoner votes etc. (you know the drill – see Rosalind’s post on the other senior judges/former judges speaking their minds).

The conclusion he reaches, on balance but also with “no hesitation”  is that “Europe needs the Convention and Europe needs the Court. … Strasbourg is a powerful force for good.

I really must do a chart of the senior judiciary and ex-judiciary’s positions on Strasbourg. They are falling over themselves to express a view.

Meanwhile, over at the Law Society of Ireland, Lady Hale gave a speech on Freedom of Religion and Belief, which readers will know is one of this blog’s pet topics (see our other posts on religion).

1 comment;


  1. jonholbrook says:

    For a contrary view see my essay on spiked: Human Rights – A Straitjacket on Liberty. Whereas natural rights celebrated democracy; human rights emasculate it.

    http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/human-rights-a-straitjacket-on-liberty/15222#.U6LlzvldV8G

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