A Bill of Rights for Britain?

A Bill of Rights for Britain? is a discussion paper. It is published by the JUSTICE Constitution Project. The purpose of the project is to promote an informed debate on the best way to protect fundamental rights in Britain. This paper consults on JUSTICE’s interim findings concerning a modern and enforceable British bill of rights.

JUSTICE sees the purpose of introducing a bill of rights as including all or some of the following:

  • to give greater constitutional protection to fundamental rights
  • to increase the scope of rights provided for in the Human Rights Act 1998
  • to emphasise the constitutional principle of the rule of law
  • to build public awareness of constitutional rights’ protection and enhance its legitimacy through public consultation
  • to draw attention to the rights and duties of citizenship and the positive duties of the state towards all individuals in its jurisdiction.

The JUSTICE Constitution Project is funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. Its final report A British Bill of Rights: Informing the debate was published in November 2007


The JUSTICE Constitution Committee


1 February 2007

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