Excellent post by David Scott on UKHumanRightsblog, reporting the recent speech delivered by former Atttorney General, Dominic Grieve, entitled ‘Is the European Convention Working’.
Just for info, a similar lecture was delivered by Grieve in Dec 2014, https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/judicial-independence/CU_JIP_DOMINIC_GRIEVE_SPEECH_3_DEC.pdf
Less than 48 hours before First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s speech in Glasgow (see our coverage here), another rousing defence of the Convention was launched in Scotland. Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve addressed the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh on the 21st September, posing the question “Is the European Convention Working?”, and in reply giving an outstanding analysis of the reasons why the UK must remain within the Convention (full transcript available here).
In the interest of brevity, this post shall skim over the more “standard” defences of the Convention – highlighting the various historical “success stories”, the more serious situations in other states in comparison to the UK, the effective existing dialogue between domestic courts and Strasbourg, problems of EU membership and devolution agreements (of which we have previously discussed here) – and instead focus on the more interesting arguments he makes: namely, the important interactions between…
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