European Court of Human Rights

British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to the media following talks at the Chancellery on May 29, 2015 in Berlin

Cameron the cautious PM clashes with May and Gove over human rights

1 June 2015 7:21

David Cameron is by instinct not a radical leader. We have another example of his preference to keep the boat steady in today’s Telegraph, which reports the Prime Minister has decided Britain won’t quit the European Convention on Human… Continue reading

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You’ll regret not having a Human Rights Act when a left-wing government returns

18 May 2015 16:54

In today’s Guardian, Matthew D’Ancona warns that David Cameron may face a successful rebellion from the ‘Runnymede Tories’ if he tries to repeal the Human Rights Act, led by David… Continue reading

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What Michael Gove told his civil servants

17 May 2015 13:18

Michael Gove has been keeping a relatively low profile since being made Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor last weekend. I understand that he is keen to master the brief, and… Continue reading

General View Of The Old Bailey

The law’s an ass, obviously

23 July 2014 17:17

‘The award of Queen’s Counsel is for excellence in advocacy in the higher courts,’ says the QC appointments page. ‘It is made to advocates who have rights of audience in… Continue reading

David Cameron on a visit to Wormwood Scrubs prison earlier this week. The Prime Minister today confirmed he will oppose attempts to give prisoners the vote. Picture: Getty

If we don’t want prisoners to have the vote, then we’re going to have to leave the European Court of Human Rights

13 December 2013 19:18

David Cameron’s declaration that prisoners “damn well shouldn’t” have the right to vote is a reminder that this issue hasn’t gone away. Cameron was emphatic that the final verdict on… Continue reading


Cameron appears to be prioritising policy for the next election campaign

17 October 2013 18:54

Ten days before the last election, The Spectator interviewed David Cameron. By this point, it was quite clear that a hung parliament was the most likely result of the next… Continue reading

British soldiers inspect a 'Snatch' Land Rover vehicle outside Basra in September 2006. (ESSAM AL-SUDANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Bring on the drones – the Supreme Court has changed the way we fight wars

20 June 2013 11:30

On the face of it, the Supreme Court’s decision to allow three suits to be brought against the Ministry of Defence is surprising, almost shocking. My colleague Alex Massie has… Continue reading

Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg Makes A Speech At The Party's Spring Conference On International Women's Day

Nick Clegg: No one has proposed to me that the UK should leave the European Court of Human Rights

28 April 2013 11:52

In a detailed interview on the Sunday Politics, Nick Clegg claimed that neither the Home Secretary nor Downing Street have ever proposed to him that Britain should temporarily leave the… Continue reading

Theresa May today announced that Gary McKinnon will not face extradition to the US. Picture: Getty

May blossoms

9 March 2013 18:08

The question about Theresa May has always been what does she believe? Well, today in the widest-ranging speech of her political career she went a long way to answering that.… Continue reading


Theresa May and Chris Grayling signal bold new Tory direction on the ECHR

2 March 2013 22:56

Tonight brings two major developments in terms of Tory policy on the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Courts of Human Rights. The Mail on Sunday reports that… Continue reading

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Will the European court force churches to conduct gay weddings?

5 February 2013 17:21

Would the European Court of Human Rights force churches to conduct same-sex marriages against their will? That’s the professed fear of some opponents of the Same Sex Marriage Bill being… Continue reading

The European Court of Human Rights

Improve human rights by quitting Strasbourg court, Tory Bill of Rights advisers argue

18 December 2012 18:37

As expected, today’s report from the Commission on a Bill of Rights offered little. With a membership evenly split between Tory and Lib Dem nominees, it was set up to… Continue reading


Chris Grayling wants a robust response to the European Court, but will he get his way?

18 December 2012 9:16

It’s a big day for Chris Grayling: the long awaited Commission on a British Bill of Rights reports today. But the Justice Secretary is already setting himself up for disappointment,… Continue reading

The president of the European Court of Human Rights

The government and the European Court of Human Rights are on a collision course over prisoner votes

10 December 2012 19:03

A showdown between the government and the European Court of Human Rights over prisoner votes drew that bit closer today. The government hoped that having parliament vote to uphold a… Continue reading


Eric Pickles and the looming Tory split over the ECHR

6 December 2012 18:03

Eric Pickles is one of the few characters in contemporary British politics. In an interview with The Spectator this week, he chides Vince Cable for not deregulating enough, admits that… Continue reading

Chris Grayling gave evidence to the Justice Select Committee this morning.

The prisoner voting farce makes the case for Britain leaving the jurisdiction of the Strasbourg Court

2 December 2012 13:55

It is hard to watch Chris Grayling’s interview with Andrew Neil on BBC1′s Sunday Politics and not conclude that Britain’s relationship with the European Court of Human Rights needs changing.… Continue reading

Which arm of state should exercise power? Parliament or the courts? Image: Getty

How easy would it be to withdraw from the European Court of Human Rights?

22 November 2012 10:04

As James says, the prisoner votes row will return to parliament before lunch today. The government is expected to offer the Commons three choices: The retention of the blanket ban,… Continue reading

The case against Abu Qatada could not be clearer; yet still he remains in Britain thanks to the ECtHR and ECHR. Image: Getty

Abu Qatada’s victory proves how low we have been laid

13 November 2012 6:35

For years a collection of politicians and commentators said that the ECHR and ECtHR would have no impact on British justice. Then they said that they would have no negative… Continue reading

David Cameron will need to address rumours of a draft bill on votes for at least some prisoners today. Picture: Getty

David Cameron must rule out votes for prisoners at PMQs

24 October 2012 11:16

The issue of prisoner votes has turned into a question of trust between David Cameron and his backbenchers. Most Tory MPs well remember that the Prime Minister’s initial intention was… Continue reading

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The era of Abu Hamza is now finally drawing to a close

25 September 2012 17:45

For years he was the face of radical Islam in Britain – a living caricature of the ‘mad mullah’ — the hook handed, eye patch wearing cleric Abu Hamza. Famous… Continue reading

Former Relate counsellor Gary McFarlane is one of four Christians taking their cases to the European Court of Human Rights. Picture: Getty

Briefing: the Christians taking their fight to Europe

4 September 2012 19:18

Away from the drama of the reshuffle, the European Court of Human Rights is hearing the pleas of four British Christians, who are arguing that UK law inadequately protects their… Continue reading

Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada sits

Court rejects Qatada’s bid for freedom

31 July 2012 14:15

Abu Qatada has just lost his bid in the High Court to be released from prison immediately. He had tried to argue that it was a breach of his human… Continue reading