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Human Rights and the End of EmpireBritain and the Genesis of the European Convention$
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A. W Brian Simpson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267897

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267897.001.0001

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A Convention on the Right Lines

A Convention on the Right Lines

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Human Rights and the End of Empire
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A. W. BRAIN SIMPSON

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267897.003.0013

This chapter describes the proposals for the protection of human rights put forward by the European Movement, and the hostile reaction to them from the UK government. It describes the establishment of the Juridical Committee of the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe, and the role played by the English lawyer David Maxwell–Fyfe, and the French resistance hero and former Gaullist minister Pierre Henri Teitgen. It explains the hostility of the British Foreign Office to proposals for a court of human rights, and a right of individual petition to it. It describes the mechanisms whereby the UK government sought to establish mechanisms whereby the negotiations could be brought under governmental control.

Keywords:   European Movement, Consultative Assembly, David Maxwell-Fyfe, Pierre Henri Teitgen, court, individual petition

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