The ‘War on Terror’ and the United Kingdom’s Constitution

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dc.contributor.author ELLIOTT, Mark
dc.date.accessioned 2007-05-23T15:18:06Z
dc.date.available 2007-05-23T15:18:06Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation European Journal of Legal Studies, 2007, 1, 1 en
dc.identifier.issn 1973-2937
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/6847
dc.description.abstract That its “unwritten” nature makes the United Kingdom’s constitution extremely flexible is a truism if not a cliché. It is, nevertheless, a phenomenon that has never been more clearly evident than in the last ten years. No exaggeration is entailed in the statement that the British constitution has, during that period, undergone a truly dramatic period of change, including the devolution of legislative and administrative power and the reform of judicial and related institutions. However, most important, for present purposes, is the Human Rights Act 1998, which gives effect in national law to certain parts of the European Convention on Human Rights. This is the backdrop against which this paper considers the legal dimensions of the “war on terror” being waged by the British government – most notably its (now-abandoned) policy of indefinitely detaining suspected foreign terrorists without charge or trial. This is a useful context in which to seek to understand the implications of the HRA and to consider a broader discourse about the nature of the modern British constitution and the place of human rights within it. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.uri http://www.ejls.eu/
dc.subject Comparative Law en
dc.title The ‘War on Terror’ and the United Kingdom’s Constitution en
dc.title.alternative La ‘guerre’ contre le terrorisme et la Constitution du Royaume-Uni
dc.type Article en
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