Rights and Constitutional Reform: The Human Rights Act of 1998

@inproceedings{Atkins2011RightsAC,
  title={Rights and Constitutional Reform: The Human Rights Act of 1998},
  author={Judi Atkins},
  year={2011}
}
  • J. Atkins
  • Published 2011
  • Political Science, Law
In 1950 the Council of Europe, of which Britain was a founder member, established the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Although this agreement enshrines fundamental political and civil rights, its incorporation into UK law was the subject of debate for around 30 years. During this time, writes John Wadham, there was a ‘gradual shift in establishment opinion from resistance or apathy towards any type of human rights legislation’ to New Labour’s enactment of the Human Rights Act (HRA…