This paper was originally presented on 23rd June 2004 at Thirty Nine Essex Street.
“The HRA has been in force for nearly 5 years and its basic principles are now well known and understood. Nevertheless, new and important decisions continue apace.
It is difficult to discern any major themes in the cases over the last 12 months. The provisions of the Act have been subject to close analysis by the English courts which have added many refinements to the rather broad brush strokes of the ECtHR. The HRA has secured its purpose of encouraging the development of a domestic human rights jurisprudence which reflects our institutional and legal culture. The enthusiastic predictions by some commentators about the impact of the HRA shortly after its enactment have not been realised. But the HRA can now be seen to be adding important value in the recent cases…”