Human rights

Patients at risk: revisiting the extent of public bodies’ duties

While establishing that all psychiatric patients, regardless of status, are owed the same duty, the European Court of Human Rights has also minimised the meaningfulness of its decision in practice, says Laura Davidson

Will ‘Cliff’s Law’ really enhance privacy rights?

Neither the Cliff Richard ruling nor the subsequent eponymous bill are likely to dramatically improve the rights of individuals under investigation against the prying eyes of the media, suggest Gerard Cukier and Rebecca Ryan

SRA pays Leigh Day £1m

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has agreed to pay Leigh Day £1m to cover the costs associated with the regulator’s appeal of its unsuccessful prosecution of the firm.

The mundane everyday usefulness of human rights laws

Liberty director Martha Spurrier talks to Jean-Yves Gilg about how the Human Rights Act has changed English law for the better

Living and dying with dignity

Helen O’Nions reflects on questions of individual autonomy and the public interest in recent human rights cases

Colombian human rights defenders: Peace but no respite

It’s all too easy to be shocked by the human rights abuses taking place around the world without thinking of the dangers faced by the lawyers trying to prevent them, writes Rishi Joshi

Ban on full-face veil in public 'proportionate' limitation on freedom of religion

Domestic law-makers have wide discretion in matter of general policy but case shouldn’t be seen as setting wider precedent, judges say