Commission on a Bill of Rights

The Commission on a Bill of Rights was an independent Commission established by the Government on 18 March 2011. The Commission concluded their work programme and submitted their final report to the UK Government on 18 December 2012. The Commission have now disbanded.

The Commission on a Bill of Rights and the Commission's Secretariat have now disbanded and cannot answer any inquiries. For general information on human rights or requests for copies of the Commission's final report you can contact the Ministry of Justice Human Rights team.

The Commission on a Bill of Rights Final Report

A UK Bill of Rights? - The Choice Before Us - news release

The Commission on a Bill of Rights' report– A UK Bill of Rights? - The Choice Before Us - Volume 1 (PDF 2mb)
Published 18 December 2012

The Commission on a Bill of Rights' report– A UK Bill of Rights? - The Choice Before Us - Volume 2 (PDF 3mb)
Published 18 December 2012

Bil Hawliau i’r DU? – Y Dewis o’n Blaenau; Trosolwg (PDF 0.50mb)
Published 18 December 2012

Bil Hawliau i’r DU? Y Dewis o’n Blaenau - Cyfrol 1 (PDF 2mb)

Easy read version of the Overview of the Commission on a Bill of Rights' Report: A UK Bill of Rights? The Choice Before Us? (PDF 2mb)

Consultation responses

A summary of the consultation responses received to both consultations of the Commission on a Bill of Rights is included in Annex G of Volume 2 of the Commission's final report.

Second consultation
30 September 2012

Our second consultation, published on 11 July, invited your views on a number of key issues that form part of our mandate. The consultation closed on 30 September 2012.

Seminars
14 June 2012

Three seminars have been held to provide an interactive opportunity to hear views. Read the summary of our seminar, co-hosted with the Arts and Humanities Research Council; and the summary of our seminar co-hosted with All Souls College, University of Oxford. A third seminar was held in Birmingham on 13 June. Read the transcript of the seminar (PDF 0.44mb).

List of respondents to Discussion Paper: Do you think we need a UK Bill of Rights?
4 May 2012

A list of all respondents to the Commission's Discussion Paper.

Reform of the European Court of Human Rights
8 September 2011

The Commission published its interim advice to Government on reform of the European Court of Human Rights. The Chair of the Commission has also published a letter to ministers on reform of the Court.

The Commission thanks you for your views
11 November 2011

We received some 900 responses to our Discussion Paper by the closing date of 11 November.

Terms of reference

The Commission will investigate the creation of a UK Bill of Rights that incorporates and builds on all our obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, ensures that these rights continue to be enshrined in UK law, and protects and extend our liberties.

It will examine the operation and implementation of these obligations, and consider ways to promote a better understanding of the true scope of these obligations and liberties.

It should provide interim advice to the Government on the ongoing Interlaken process to reform the Strasbourg court ahead of and following the UK’s Chairmanship of the Council of Europe.

It should consult, including with the public, judiciary and devolved administrations and legislatures, and aim to report no later than by the end of 2012.

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