Independent Human Rights Act Review

The establishment of the Independent Human Rights Act Review was announced in December 2020.

The panel will consider options for amending the Human Rights Act and present these to government. It will look at how the Human Right Act operates and how it’s enforced.

This includes examining the relationship between domestic courts and the European Court of Human Rights, as well as the relationship between the UK courts, executive and parliament.

The panel’s call for evidence closed on 3 March 2021. Submissions made to this are available on the government website and it will respond to these in due course.

Our view

The Human Rights Act codifies and protects fundamental rights and freedoms and ensures everyone, no matter their wealth or status, can uphold those rights in UK courts.

The rights enshrined in the act are core to the UK’s identity as a democratic, fair and just nation. They’re embedded in our culture and legal system and it’s vital that these rights are not rolled back on or compromised.

Any review of the Human Rights Act would have implications for every single one of us. There’s an opportunity to establish genuine public discourse and build long lasting consensus.

We hope the panel will engage extensively with the public, as this will be crucial so that ordinary people are informed about what is at stake and can have their say.

We’re dedicated to upholding the rule of law, including human rights, at home and abroad.

We look forward to engaging with the panel on behalf of solicitors who represent clients from all walks of life.

What we’re doing

March 2021we responded to the Independent Human Rights Act Review call for evidence

February 2021 – we submitted an overview of our position to the Joint Committee on Human Rights to inform their response to the review

February 2021 – we held roundtables with expert solicitors to gather evidence and insights to inform our response to the review

Get involved

If you’re a Law Society member and would like to stay informed of our work on the Independent Human Rights Act Review, email

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