On Monday, think tank Policy Exchange published a paper ‘Bringing Rights Back Home’ (available here), which advocates the UK withdrawing from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights. Dr Başak Çalı has written a commentary on the paper which seeks to counter some of the myths put forward by the Policy Exchange.
Disinformation or an Undemocratic Monster: Why the European Court of Human Rights is under attack in the United Kingdom?
The Policy Exchange declared with fanfare this week that there is nothing that stops the United Kingdom pulling out of the European Convention on Human Rights. In fact, it was very simple: the UK only has to give six months notice.
This piece of information may be a huge surprise to think tank researchers. But perhaps the Policy Exchange should have given even bigger news to its audience – that the United Kingdom is free to pull out from any of its international law treaty obligations whenever it wants. Given that the Policy Exchange singles out the most successful legal instrument in international law to date for criticism, a legal instrument that has made concrete advancements for human rights protection in the UK and elsewhere over the past sixty years, where is the real problem?
…read Basak’s full commentary here.