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Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Human Rights Act

Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Human Rights Act (Hardback)

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The Human Rights Act 1998 is criticised for providing a weak protection of human rights. The principle of parliamentary legislative supremacy prevents entrenchment, meaning that courts cannot overturn legislation passed after the Act that contradicts Convention rights. This book investigates this assumption, arguing that the principle of parliamentary legislative supremacy is sufficiently flexible to enable a stronger protection of human rights, which can replicate the effect of entrenchment. Nevertheless, it is argued that the current protection should not be strengthened. If correctly interpreted, the Human Rights Act can facilitate democratic dialogue that enables courts to perform their proper correcting function to protect rights from abuse, whilst enabling the legislature to authoritatively determine contestable issues surrounding the extent to which human rights should be protected alongside other rights, interests and goals of a particular society. This understanding of the Human Rights Act also provides a different justification for the preservation of Dicey's conception of parliamentary sovereignty in the UK Constitution.

LawLaws of Specific jurisdictionsConstitutional & administrative lawHuman rights & civil liberties law Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 05/12/2008 ISBN-13: 9781841138305  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Alison Young is a Fellow and Tutor in Law at Hertford College, Oxford.

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