Anna Dannreuther co-chaired a 14-member working group from the Employment Lawyers Association to respond to the government’s consultation on the Human Rights Act Reform: A Modern Bill of Rights.
The group’s response expresses concern that:
- the proposed amendments could limit access to justice and give rise to legal uncertainty;
- separate proposals to limit the ability to judicially review decisions of the state, if enacted, would further limit access to justice
The response also states that the Human Rights Act is working as it should in a modern democratic society. It considers that there is no good, evidence-based case for change of the Human Rights Act.
Furthermore, some of the proposals in the consultation risk severely limiting fundamental common law rights which will not serve the interests of society.
However, the ELA endorses the Independent Human Rights Act Review’s proposal of civic and constitutional education in schools, to ensure sufficient public understanding of constitutional laws such as the Human Rights Act.
About the Employment Lawyers Association
The Employment Lawyers Association is made up of about 6,000 lawyers who practise in the field of employment law. Members include those who represent claimants and respondents/defendants in the courts and employment tribunals and who advise both employees and employers.