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Policy Paper: The Place of Northern Ireland within UK Human Rights Reform

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Colin MurrayORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a report that has been published in its final definitive form by Durham University; Newcastle University, 2015.

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Considerable speculation has surrounded the impact of the Good Friday Agreement’s provisions on human rights upon the Conservative Government’s proposals for repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998. This Policy Paper seeks to demystify this aspect of the debate over the future of the Human Rights Act, examining the terms of the Good Friday Agreement as an international treaty and peace agreement and explaining its interrelationship with both the Human Rights Act and the Devolution Acts. Once some of the hyperbole that surrounds the Agreement and its attendant domestic legislation is removed, it can be seen that the impact of the Agreement is in some regards more extensive than has to date been recognised, whilst in other respects the Agreement has less impact than some of the supporters of the Human Rights Act claim. Reform of arrangements so fundamental to governance in the UK should not be taken lightly, but at present the offhand treatment of the place of the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights in the Northern Ireland settlement generates just such a danger.

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Author(s): Warwick BTC, Murray CRG, O'Donoghue A

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title:

Year: 2015

Pages: 62

Print publication date: 15/08/2015

Online publication date: 15/08/2015

Acceptance date: 15/08/2015

Institution: Durham University; Newcastle University

Place Published: Social Science Electronic Publishing


DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2643464

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