Bill of Rights will be used to prescribe behaviour   Leave a comment

First published on Open Democracy in Feb 2008.

Last Thursday, while visiting George Washington University, Jack Straw declared that the proposed Bill of Rights and Responsibilities would involve a mixture of symbolic and declaratory principles on cultural and social issues as well as justiciable rights.[1] Going beyond the traditional scope of a Bill of rights, such as the US bill which stops at outlining those rights that are political, the impending here is set to build on the Human Rights Act[2] by covering social, economic and environmental rights, along with responsibilities.

Rather than being seen as a codification which will clarify and expand upon people’s existing rights, this new bill should be treated with caution.

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Posted February 4, 2011 by suzydean in Constitutional Reform

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