Human Rights Act Reform: a Modern Bill of Rights

Closes 8 Mar 2022

Opened 14 Dec 2021

Overview

The government is committed to updating the Human Rights Act 1998. This consultation seeks views on the government’s proposals to revise the Human Rights Act and replace it with a Bill of Rights, in order to restore a proper balance between the rights of individuals, personal responsibility and the wider public interest.

Chapters 1 and 2 provide a background of the domestic and international human rights context. Chapter 3 explores issues that have emerged with how the Human Rights Act 1998 operates in practice and outlines the case for reform. Chapter 4 sets out the government’s proposed reforms and their rationale in detail.

Each proposal is accompanied by specific consultation questions. We welcome responses on those questions. Submissions which do not focus on the questions but deal with the subject of the Human Rights Act more generally are also welcome.

To help us take full account of all potential impacts, including equality impacts, we shall complete a full Impact Assessment as necessary, once we have considered the responses to the consultation. We welcome responses from consultees on these proposals with regard to the potential impacts.

You will find the consultation document, along with a large print version, below.

Other Versions

We have published a Welsh language executive summary below and will publish a full Welsh consultation paper, and an easy read version in due course.

 

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Audiences

  • Legal professionals
  • Academics

Interests

  • Human rights