JUSTICE Human Rights Conference 2016 round-up

Over 150 people and exceptional speakers from across the professions, the judiciary and the major political parties joined us for the annual JUSTICE Human Rights Conference in London on Friday 14 October. It was an engaging, interesting and thought-provoking day which tackled some of the most important issues in British human rights law today.

The Rt Hon. Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore, Justice of the Supreme Court opened the day with an engaging address titled ‘Article 8 at work: A view on private and family life from the Supreme Court’.

The conference, which took place at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, reviewed key developments in human rights law in the UK. Critical issues covered included immigration, judicial review reforms, the law in war and the UK’s relationship with the European Convention on Human Rights.
The afternoon’s keynote address was given by Phillippa Kaufmann QC of Matrix Chambers who explored the protection of victims of crime in relation to the Human Rights Act 1998.

The panellists in our final plenary debate – Alistair Carmichael MP, Anthony Speaight QC and Keir Starmer QC MP – explored how best the law can protect human rights, including the implications of Brexit and the potential repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998.

For coverage of the day’s events see #JHRC16 on Twitter.

Electronic copies of speaker papers and PowerPoints are available below:

Review of the year: Jonathan Swift QC

Breakout 1: Criminal justice and human rights update

Breakout 2: Equality and human rights update

Breakout 3: Immigration and human rights update

Breakout 4: Judicial review and human rights update

Breakout 5: Charter or Convention? An update from Europe

Breakout 6: The law and war: Human Rights Act, the ECHR and accountability