Should it go or should it stay? The coming of age of the Human Rights Act 1998, or time to say goodbye?

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This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Coventry Law Journal and it is time to look back over the last 25 years to explore the law and the legal landscape as reported by various articles and other pieces published in the Journal over this period. Although there have been many fundamental events and changes during this period, the area of human rights and their protection has dominated both the law and the content of the Journal. In particular, this period has seen the passing and coming into force of the Human Rights Act 1998, the copious case law under the Act, and various calls for reform and abolition of the Act by successive governments.

With that in mind, this issue of the Journal will revisit an article written by your author in 2001, included in the second issue of the sixth volume of the Journal. The article examined the UK’s record before the European Court of Human Rights at a time when the UK’s Human Rights Act 1998 was just coming into force – in October 2000 – and in that sense was both looking back at our record before the Act, and forward, in guessing how human rights protection might be enhanced by the passing of the Act and the incorporation of European Convention rights and principles into domestic law.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)23-39
Number of pages17
JournalCoventry Law Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2022


  • Human Rights
  • Reform
  • Human Rights Act
  • Jurisprudence
  • Legal history


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