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Does the UK’s human rights regime need reform?

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16/11/2022 | 18:00 - 19:00
Online / Institute for Government, 2 Carlton Gardens, London SW1Y 5AA

The protection of people’s rights and liberties is a key part of the UK’s constitution, dating all the way back to the twelfth century. In recent years, and with the Covid pandemic seeing unprecedented restrictions on people’s everyday lives, the debate about what rights should be protected – and how – has been reignited. 

The government has shelved a new British Bill of Rights, but politicians of all parties disagree over whether the UK should continue to be part of the European Convention on Human Rights.

So does the government need to reform how people’s rights are protected in the UK? What questions have been raised about the right to protest after the focus on how the public could show dissent during King Charles III’s accession? And what role should international institutions play in upholding human rights?


  • Estelle Dehon KC, Public Law Barrister at Cornerstone Barristers 
  • Professor Colm O’Cinneide, Professor of Human Rights Law at UCL
  • Rt Hon. Baroness Chakrabarti CBE, former Shadow Attorney General

This event is chaired by Jess Sargeant, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Government. 

This event is part of the Review of the UK Constitution Project, in collaboration with the Institute for Government.

Thank you to Cornerstone Barristers for kindly supporting this event.

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