The Rocks or the Open Sea: Where is the Human Rights Act Heading?

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This essay attempts a broad appraisal of how the Human Rights Act 1998 has been interpreted and applied by the courts of England and Wales since it came into force in October 2000. These are early days, but its provisional conclusion is that the Act, despite some judicial hesitancy, is proving viable and, at least in some respects, beneficial.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Lord Justice of Appeal, England and Wales, The Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London WC2A 2LL

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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