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The European Convention on Human Rights and the Conflict in Northern Ireland$
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Brice Dickson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571383

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571383.001.0001

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The Right to a Fair Trial

The Right to a Fair Trial

(p.169) 8 The Right to a Fair Trial
The European Convention on Human Rights and the Conflict in Northern Ireland

Brice Dickson

Oxford University Press

Article 6 of the European Convention, which protects the right to a fair hearing, is the most frequently invoked Convention article, not just in the United Kingdom but in Strasbourg too. Not surprisingly, it has featured prominently in some cases arising out of the conflict in Northern Ireland. This chapter discusses the issues that raise the risk that Article 6 was being breached, whether pre-trial or at the trial. It shows that despite alterations to the trial process being at the heart of the government's strategy for dealing with terrorist violence in Northern Ireland, the European Convention on Human Rights played a very small role in regulating those alterations.

Keywords:   Article 6, Northern Ireland, European convention, human rights, right to a fair hearing, criminal justice system, jury trial

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