UK Government’s pledge to repeal Human Rights Act could breach the Good Friday Agreement

On the eve of the Queen’s Speech, an independent report which concludes that the UK Government’s plans to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 would be likely to breach the Good Friday Agreement is to be launched in Westminster.  The independent report was commissioned by a group of Members of the European Parliament and it was written by lawyers at Doughty Street Chambers in London and KRW Law LLP in Belfast.  The report has its Westminster launch at a cross-party event in the Palace of Westminster on Tuesday 17 May 2016.


Sir Keir Starmer QC MP (Labour MP and former DPP) will chair the cross-party event, which will focus on discussing the report and its implications. Speakers include Dominic Grieve QC MP, Conservative MP and former Attorney General; Les Allamby, Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; Lynn Boylan MEP, Sinn Féin Member of the European Parliament; and Niall Murphy, Partner, KRW Law, and Director, Relatives for Justice. 


The report was commissioned by the European United Left / Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group of Members of the European Parliament.  It is written by Caoilfhionn Gallagher, Katie O’Byrne and Keina Yoshida (Doughty Street Chambers) instructed by Gavin Booth and Anurag Deb (KRW Law).


Full details of the event are available here and the Doughty Street Chambers / KRW Law press release is available here.

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