Commission on a Bill of Rights - work programme

We have been asked by the Government in our Terms of Reference to investigate the creation of a UK Bill of Rights and to advise on reform of the Strasbourg Court.

We have also been asked in our Terms of Reference to consult the devolved administrations and legislatures, the judiciary and the public, and to report no later than by the end of 2012.

In order to carry out this work, we have developed the following consultation programme:

  • Visits to Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh. The Commission met with representatives of the devolved administrations and legislatures of Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and other interested organisations and individuals in the three countries as follows:
    • Cardiff: 31 October – 1 November 2011
    • Belfast: 9 – 10 November 2011
    • Edinburgh: 6 – 7 December 2011

  • Consultations with the judiciary. The Commission has had discussions with the judiciaries of England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, as well as with the Justices of the Supreme Court.
  • Seminars. The Commission has co-hosted three seminars. The first two were largely with academics and legal practitioners; the third with community representatives and practitioners as follows:
    • with the Arts and Humanities Research Council on 23 February 2012 at the Royal Society, London addressing two of the questions posed in our discussion paper, namely, do you think we need a UK Bill of Rights; and if so, what do you think it should contain? A summary of the seminar discussion is included here; and;
    • with All Souls College, University of Oxford on 21 March 2012 on the issue of Parliamentary sovereignty. A summary of the seminar is included here.
    • With community representatives and practitioners in Birmingham on 13 June entitled 'Human Rights: Perception, Sentiment and Experience'. Read the transcript of the seminar.

  • Other meetings. The Commission will be conducting various other meetings throughout the period of its work with other interested organisations and individuals.
  • Second Consultation - our second public consultation was published on 11 July 2012 and closed on the 30 September 2012.
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