What Has The Human Rights Act Ever Done For Us?
Tuesday 21st March 19:00 – 21:00 Riley Smith Theatre Leeds University Union ,University Square Leeds, LS2 9JZ View Map
The University of Leeds Amnesty International Society, campaigning throughout the year on human rights issues locally and across the globe.
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The 1998 Human Rights Act enshrines the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law. But with Theresa May promising a ‘hard Brexit’ and David Cameron having included the repeal of the UK’s Human Rights Act in the 2015 Conservative manifesto, surely it is time for a frank discussion about the role of the act in Britain.
This debate will examine whether our current human rights legislation is still relevant to modern Britain and what the motivations are for repealing it. It will not be a party politics discussion but an attempt to ask: just what does the Human Rights Act really do for us?
During the two-hour debate the panellists each take it in turn to voice their opinions and can then respond to comments made by the other participants. Finally it will be opened up to a Q&A session.
Panellists planned to include:
Stephen Bowen (director at the British Institute of Human Rights) Se-Shauna Wheatle (Durham Law School) Ryan Stephenson (Conservative Councillor) Lewis Worrow (author and political commentator)