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Sceptical Essays on Human Rights$
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Tom Campbell, Keith Ewing, and Adam Tomkins

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246687

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246687.001.0001

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Introduction: On Being Sceptical about Human Rights

Introduction: On Being Sceptical about Human Rights

(p.1) 1 Introduction: On Being Sceptical about Human Rights
Sceptical Essays on Human Rights

Adam Tomkins (Contributor Webpage)

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Over the past two decades, human rights have come to enjoy an ever more dominant position in national constitutional or public law. This has been as true for Canada and New Zealand as it has been for Poland and Hungary. One of the last countries in the common law world, and one of the last countries in Europe, to allow its domestic legal system to embrace human rights is the United Kingdom, whose Parliament passed the Human Rights Act 1998. The Human Rights Act 1998, which came into effect in October 2000, was one of the most widely celebrated statutes to have been passed by the UK Parliament in many years. This book examines both the global phenomenon of human rights and the UK's participation in it, focusing on legislation in communist eastern Europe to South Africa via North America and Australasia. It deals with the general issue of the various reasons why we might be sceptical about schemes such as that adopted in the Human Rights Act to incorporate judicially enforced human rights norms into binding law.

Keywords:   human rights, United Kingdom, Human Rights Act 1998, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, North America, Australasia, legislation

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