Human rights

We work to defend human rights in the UK

“We will work to ensure that individual rights are enforceable through the domestic justice system”

  • Leading research and analysis of the human rights of individuals in the justice system
  • Scrutinising legislation as it passes through Parliament
  • Working with policy makers to support law, policy and practice which respects individual rights
  • Leading expert interventions in the courts
  • Educating lawyers and the public at conferences, seminars and lectures

From our inception, the protection of human rights in the UK has been at the heart of the work of JUSTICE. When our founding members came together to start our organisation; they were inspired by a shared concern about the mistreatment of individuals within our criminal justice system.

Today, ensuring that our justice system is capable of providing effective protection for individual rights is at the core of our mission. We ground our work in the key standards recognised by the common law and the Human Rights Act 1998, in the European Convention on Human Rights, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the international human rights treaties which bind the UK. Through our JUSTICE Student Network , we work to support student lawyers in their understanding of the Act in practice.

From early work to secure due process rights to protect against miscarriages of justice; to integrating respect for privacy into the development of new technology, in Privacy and the Law. We were one of the earliest organisations to intervene before the European Court of Human Rights and the first to intervene in a human rights case before the UK Supreme Court. Most recently, we have worked to inform the debate on a Bill of Rights for the United Kingdom and preserve the protections in the Human Rights Act 1998 from attack.