Echr

The ECHR’s ruling on defaming Mohammed is bad news for Muslims

3 November 2018 7:50

In a monumental irony, the ECHR’s agreement with an Austrian court that offensive comments about the Prophet Mohammed were ‘beyond…

Should it be illegal to insult Mohammed?

28 October 2018 10:00

Should you be allowed to say that the founder of one of the world’s largest religions was a paedophile? According…

Are Anders Breivik’s human rights really being contravened, or is it simply attention seeking?

18 March 2016 16:42

Anders Behring Breivik – the Norwegian extremist who killed 77 people in 2011 – has for the last few days…

Cameron tells Tories they no longer have to follow international law

21 October 2015 17:30

People go on about the awful pressure of 24/7 media on our leaders, and how hard the constant scrutiny must…

Podcast: Gove’s battle for justice, the perils of a small majority and the Labour leadership contest

21 May 2015 8:58

Repealing the Human Rights Act is one of the most difficult tasks the government faces. On this week’s View from…

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…

Obesity a disability? Only lawyers will benefit from the ECJ’s farcical classification

15 January 2015 10:59

Real disability is humbling for those who have to live with it and those who care for the disabled. A…

Chris Grayling is an advertisement for a Labour government

3 October 2014 13:39

Thank heavens for Ed Miliband, eh? The leader of the opposition remains the single most compelling reason to hope the…

Britain has very little to fear from the ECHR. So why are so many Tories so afraid of it?

22 July 2014 15:36

On matters domestic (England and Wales division) I was sad to see Dominic Grieve turfed-out of the cabinet in last…

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…

Could Britain quitting the ECHR persuade the Tories to stay in the EU?

29 September 2013 12:30

David Cameron’s willingness to talk about Britain pulling out of the European Court of Human Rights while refusing to give…

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…

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…

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.…

Theresa May and EU commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstroem talk before a Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting today. Picture: Getty

Exclusive: Tory MP accuses Theresa May of ‘dereliction of duty’ over Qatada case

7 December 2012 17:00

A Tory MP has accused the Home Secretary of a ‘dereliction of duty’ that will put the British people at…

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…

Would the Strasbourg Court end up in charge of any system of statutory regulation of the press?

27 November 2012 19:41

In just over 18 hours, advance copies of the Leveson Report will be sent to the Prime Minister, various ministers…

Nick Herbert calls for Britain to quit the European Court of Human Rights

22 November 2012 10:02

The prisoner voting issue is threatening to bring the whole issue of the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human…

Abu Qatada and the problem of freedom-stomping friends - Spectator Blogs

12 November 2012 16:13

And so, once again, the judges are in the dock for insisting that due process be followed even when, as…

Another Hateful Decision by the European Court of So-Called Human Rights - Spectator Blogs

8 November 2012 12:18

How much longer must we put up with this kind of thing? A bus driver who was fired for being…

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…

Tory backbenchers wanted to talk as much about Strasbourg as they did about Jordan following Theresa May's statement on Abu Qatada today. Picture: Getty

The Myth of the European Court of Human Rights' "War on Britain" - Spectator Blogs

19 September 2012 12:02

You rarely hear people defending the European Court of Human Rights. It is, according to British mythology, a meddlesome beast…

Chris Grayling and Theresa May are unlikely to row over cats and human rights at this year's Conservative party conference. Picture: Getty.

Grayling shows his mettle as Justice Secretary

18 September 2012 14:44

Chris Grayling’s appointment as Justice Secretary in the reshuffle was the move that pleased Conservative MPs almost above anything else.…

The struggle to deal with foreign terror suspects

3 July 2012 18:15

Abu Qatada, the Islamist cleric once branded ‘Osama bin Laden’s ambassador to Europe’, has dominated headlines in recent months as…

Cameron loses his rag

23 May 2012 13:37

Ed Balls succeeded in getting David Cameron to lose his rag at PMQs today. The shadow Chancellor sledged the PM…