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February 28, 2022

King & Spalding advises JUSTICE on response to UK’s proposed human rights overhaul

King & Spalding has provided pro bono advice to JUSTICE, the UK’s leading human rights charity, on its response to the UK Government’s proposal to overhaul the domestic human rights regime.

The Government is seeking to replace the existing Human Rights Act with a “Modern Bill of Rights”. This would entail sweeping changes to human rights protection in the UK, including diminishing the weight domestic courts give to judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, introduce a permission stage to human rights claims, reassert parliamentary sovereignty over “judge made law” and restrain the ability of UK courts to impose “positive obligations” on public authorities. More information on JUSTICE can be found here.

The London pro bono team advising JUSTICE on the consultation was led by counsel Peter Hood and included associates Louisa Salmon, Lisa McKinnon-Lower and Jasmine Coyle. Partner Ruth Byrne heads the firm’s wider pro bono collaboration with JUSTICE.