The negligence of prison authorities and prisoner's rights

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This article looks at the potential for legal action brought by prisoners (and their dependants) who have suffered from the alleged neglect of the prison authorities. The article will examine the case law in this area to assess the success of prisoners’ negligence claims and whether such claims are unduly fettered by judicial attitudes and other more practical issues such as the difficulty in establishing a breach of duty. In particular the article will consider whether the law and its application has been, or should be, modified in the light of new obligations imposed on public authorities, including the courts, by the Human Rights Act 1998 and by the developing case law of the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Convention rights such as the right to life and freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-99
JournalLiverpool Law Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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  • inhumane and degrading punishment
  • neglect
  • prison authorites
  • prisoners


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