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Articles on Parliamentary Acts of the United Kingdom

Prime recent and proposed attacks on civil rights in the United Kingdom: a list - supervisor: James Hammerton
Basic civil liberties, often in place since their enshrining in the Magna Carta of 1215, are not only being undermined, but are also being removed in their entirity in the United Kingdom. This document provides a detailed list of rights attacked and shows the consequences to British citizens when the rights are removed.

Civil Liberties in the aftermath of the atrocities of 11 September 2001 - James Hammerton
The current UK governments response to the World Trade Centre attacks has been yet another serious attack on civil liberties and a significant accumulation of power by the executive. This document investigates and analyses these civil liberty attacks.

An overview of Civil Liberties legislation since 1900 – compiled by Matthew Robb
Civil liberties and the supporting democratic infrastructure of the UK have been gradually undermined over the course of the last century. Despite recent headline-grabbing advances in civil liberties , these attacks have accelerated. This document charts these attacks, together with the main pieces of legislation.

Football (Disorder) Act, 2000 – summary and commentary by Matthew Robb
The Football (Disorder) Act 2000 represents a significant restriction of the civil liberties of all citizens, not just football hooligans. The Act has a number of deficiencies, explained in this commentary.

Terrorism Act, 2000 – commentary by James Hammerton
A review of the UK's Terrorism Act 2000, which was passed and received Royal Assent in the summer of 2000. It will be law by spring 2001. This legislation marks a serious assault on civil liberties, using an extremely broad definition of terrorism.

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (2000) - commentary by James Hammerton
A summary of the incursions into civil liberties of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), which was passed in the UK in July 2000.


Parliamentary Acts of the United Kingdom

Football (Disorder) Act, 2000 – full text of the Act

Official Secrets Act, 1911 - summary

Civil Authorities (Special Powers) Act, 1922 - summary

Police and Criminal Evidence Act, 1984 - summary

The Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1989 - summary

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The Magna Carta, 1215
A new translation from the Latin of the original version of the Magna Carta or Great Charter of Great Britain, signed by King John at Runnymede in 1215. With links to a glossary and a Latin original text (background notes to the Magna Carta under preparation). Prepared by Xavier Hildegarde for, and licensed to

The 1689 Bill of Rights
An Act for declaring the rights and liberties of the subject and settling the succession of the crown.

Bill of Rights in the United States of America, 1791
The Bill of Rights in the United States is composed of the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. These were adopted as a single unit on Dec. 15, 1791, and constitute a collection of mutually reinforcing guarantees of individual rights and of limitations on federal and state governments.

Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, 1789
A new translation of the 1789 French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, prepared by Xavier Hildegarde for, and licensed to

Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany (section 1 - Basic Rights), 1949
The German Basic Law, particularly its first section, is the German declaration of (human) rights for that country. As such, basic rights are an integral part of German law.

A Summary of United Nations Agreements on Human Rights
Summary of documents on human rights, agreed by member states of the United Nations Organisation. With links to complete documents.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948
Adopted and proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations Organisation on 10 December 1948.

European Convention for Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms,1950
Complete text of the ECHR, drawn up in Rome, 1950. The first major section is on ‘rights and freedoms’, whilst the second sets the framework for the European Court of Human Rights.

Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1966
UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which most members states have signed. Signatories and non-signatories are listed.

Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, 1966—Summary
Declaration of the basic economic, social, and cultural rights of individuals and nations.

Convention Against Torture, 1985 — Summary
This convention bans torture under all circumstances and establishes the UN Committee against Torture.

Convention Against Genocide—Summary
This United Nation convention bans acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.


Briefing documents

A defence for the double jeopardy rule
Reasons why it would be unwise to remove the double jeopardy rule from British law.

A history of the nine principles of policing

the British government’s identity card scheme (2006, 9 december)


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