International vs Australian Rules: The PJCHR and the Government are playing in different codes


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HUMAN RIGHTS SCRUTINY BLOG

Adam FletcherHuman Rights Scrutiny Blog is pleased to welcome this guest post by Adam Fletcher. Adam Fletcher is currently a PhD student at Monash University. The work of the PJCHR is one of the subjects of his thesis. He has previously worked as a legal adviser to the Australian Government and various human rights organisations. He tweets about human rights and law @ad_fletch.

‘Bringing Rights Home’ was the slogan adopted by the UK Government when it introduced its Human Rights Act in 1998. The decision to incorporate rights into domestic legislation, said the Government, reflected a growing awareness that the common law (along with, by inference, the Westminster system) was not protecting sufficiently Britons’ rights and freedoms as set out in international human rights treaties.

So much is ancient history in political terms, but I bring up the point because the slogan captured brilliantly the need to combat the…

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