System Wide Reform

Belhaj & Another v Straw & Others [2017]

Rahmutallah (No 1) v Ministry of Defence & Another [2017] 

The two joined appeals concern alleged UK involvement in breaches of human rights by foreign governments.

Nunn v Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary [2014]

On 18 June 2014, the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal regarding the duty of disclosure on the police post-conviction. Although the Court dismissed the appeal on the facts, it did clarify when a duty of post-conviction disclosure exists.

Smith and others v Ministry of Defence [2013]

A unanimous seven judge panel at the Supreme Court held that the deceased soldiers were under the UK’s jurisdiction for the purposes of Article 2 ECHR at the time of their deaths.

Rabone & Anor v Pennine Care NHS Foundations [2012]

On 8 February 2012, the Supreme Court unanimously confirmed that there is a preventive operational obligation under article 2 of the ECHR for the State to safeguard the lives of voluntary psychiatric patients when at risk of suicide.

EM (Lebanon) v SSHD [2008]

On 22 October 2008, in a unanimous five judge ruling the House of Lords held it would be a flagrant denial of the right to respect to family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights for the government to remove EM and her son to Lebanon where she would automatically lose custody of her son.

S. and Marper v UK [2008]

On 4 December 2008, a unanimous judgment the European Court  of Human Rights found that the retention of the applicants’ fingerprints, cellular samples and DNA profiles was in violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights – the right to respect for private and family life.