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What is the role of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the nature of its relationship with the UK Government? What impact does it have on UK law?
With British membership of the European Union at the heart of the political agenda, the role of its Court of Human Rights and its influence on UK law has inevitably come under scrutiny. The coalition Government has pledged to withdraw the UK from the European convention of human rights, and to give Parliament the right to veto ECHR rulings. In these 4 films we hear from people who have taken cases to the Strasbourg court. We look at how cases are referred, what laws are used, what the process is like and what impact its judgments have had in the UK - in such high profile examples as Diane Pretty’s ‘Right to Die’ case.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 20 mins
  • Updated Thursday 30th October 2014
  • Posted under Law
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Track 1: Freedom of religion: Nadia Eweida

Tom Ellis, the solicitor who took Nadia Eweida’s case to the European Court of Human Rights, discusses her fight for the right to wear a cross to work.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Freedom of religion: Nadia Eweida    Tom Ellis, the solicitor who took Nadia Eweida’s case to the European Court of Human Rights, discusses her fight for the right to wear a cross to work. Play now Freedom of religion: Nadia Eweida
2 Right to privacy: Hatton    John Stewart is Chair of the Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (HACAN). The group’s long battle against overnight flights went all the way to the ECHR. Play now Right to privacy: Hatton
3 Whole Life Sentences: Vinter and Others    Simon Creighton represented British prisoner Gary Vinter, who argued that his human rights had been breached when a change in the law removed the possibility of his life sentence being reviewed. Play now Whole Life Sentences: Vinter and Others

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