Scrapping the Human Rights Act & Devolution

Date: Tuesday 12 April 2016

Time: 18:00 - 20:00

Location: 54 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LS

Venue: Doughty Street Chambers

Speakers: Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Helena Kennedy QC, Katherine O'Byrne, Angela Patrick, JUSTICE; Les Allamby, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; Professor Rick Rawlings, UCL

CPD: 2

Fee: Free

Doughty Street Chambers are delighted to invite you to this seminar ‘Scrapping the Human Rights Act & Devolution’ on  12th April 2016

Human rights in the UK are inextricably intertwined with the devolution settlements in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Meaningful engagement with the devolved administrations about the proposals for repeal is critical, but this has been entirely lacking so far. The debate has been focused on Westminster and voices from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are not being heard.

Doughty Street barristers have recently written an independent report (commissioned by the GUE/ NGL Group of the European Parliament) on the implications of the proposed repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998 for Northern Ireland.  The report finds that there are serious concerns raised by the proposals, given the importance of the Act and its principles to the Good Friday Agreement and key post-conflict structures, such as policing.

Join us to discuss the legal implications for devolution of the Government’s proposed repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998.


Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Doughty Street Chambers


Angela Patrick, JUSTICE; Les Allamby, Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; Caoilfhionn Gallagher and Katherine O’Byrne, Doughty Street Chambers; and Professor Richard Rawlings, Professor of Public Law, UCL.

To reserve your place, please RSVP to  or contact a member of our events team on 020 7404 1313.

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