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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

An Australian Perspective on the UK Human Rights Act Debate


The UK Human Rights Act has played an important role in protecting human rights in the UK, but has also come under sustained attack, particularly from members of the Conservative Party. The Cameron government proposed to repeal the Act, and to replace it with a British Bill of Rights. The object of this paper is to provide an Australian perspective on this debate. This experience is pertinent because Australia has twice enacted modified versions of the Human Rights Act that respond to some of the concerns that have arisen around the UK instrument.

Insights Paper