On Fantasy Island: Britain, Strasbourg, and Human Rights by Conor GeartyOn Fantasy Island: Britain, Strasbourg, and Human Rights by Conor Gearty

On Fantasy Island: Britain, Strasbourg, and Human Rights

byConor Gearty

Hardcover | October 8, 2016

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In the 2015 UK General Election, one of the major pledges of the Conservative party was the repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998, to be replaced with a UK Bill of Rights. In this book, Professor Conor Gearty puts forth his case for keeping the Human Rights Act by dissecting the so called'fantasies' that are driving the case for repeal. Analysing the debate through the perspective of British law, history, politics, and culture, he examines what arguments are in place for the repeal of the Act and how these can be dismissed as no more than 'English exceptionalism'. Structured in three parts, the book first exposes the myths that drive the anti-Human Rights Act argument. Second, in a counter-balance to these arguments, Gearty outlines how the Act operates in practice and what its impact really is 'on the ground'. Third, he looks to the future and the kind ofBritain we want to live in, and how, for all its modesty, the survival or otherwise of the Human Rights Act will play a pivotal part in that future.
Conor Gearty is Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the Institute of Public Affairs at LSE, having previously worked at Cambridge University and at King's College London. His books include Can Human Rights Survive? (2006) and Liberty and Security (2013) as well as Freedom under Thatcher (1990) and The Struggle for Civil ...
Title:On Fantasy Island: Britain, Strasbourg, and Human RightsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:235 pagesPublished:October 8, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. The Fantasies1. Why the Human Rights Act Matters2. The Myth of the Marvellous Past3. The Seductive Power of the Present4. The Inevitability of Human Rights5. The Supremacy of the Human Rights Act6. The Supremacy of the Judges7. The Supremacy of Strasbourg8. A Charter for the BadII. The Facts9. Protecting the Exposed10. Making a Difference11. Telling Us Who We areIII. The Future12. Repeal: How Can We Tell?13. British Values: Shrinking into Little EnglandConclusion