Inaugural Prof & Head @GoldsmithsLaw; Founder @BRinEurope @KnowingOurRts; Bencher & Education Com @Inner_Temple; Visiting Prof @Panteion (Athens); PhD Sorbonne

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We've been sounding the alarm for years: "they're coming for the Human Rights Act". They're now here 👇
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Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos retweeted
Proofing an essay from Autumn 2019 on the shock & consequences of the UK govt vowing to breach international law in a “specific and limited way”, it’s Groundhog Day. Johnson’s govt stuck in a circle it drew, elected on a Protocol it agreed, on a Brexit it wanted & said was done.
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Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos retweeted
Delighted to announce our collaboration with @barbri as preferred SQE provider for our students, giving them discounted access to SQE exams. This completes our distinctive SQE package which includes access to a specialist SQE module in Yr 3 of the LLB. sites.gold.ac.uk/law/discoun…
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Delighted to see we think alike on this point @JoshuaRozenberg (even if it’s about the unpleasant matter of the Govt claiming it needs to defend the Constitution against some invisible enemy). Joshua’s excellent blog here:
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4. Defended by whom? Those who continuously sought to bypass it (in Miller 1 and Miller 2 e.g.), and who now attack its human rights foundations?
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"HM's government will play a leading role in defending democracy and freedom across the world". HM's government will repeal the Human Rights Act. #Queenspeech #HumanRights #HumanRightsAct video via sky news
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The Govt have gone to the @coe and rightly pleaded with them to expel Russia, for gross human rights violations in Ukraine. Yet the Govt has now also formally announced its plans to substitute the HRA with a UK Bill of Rights (and undermine the operation of the ECHR in the UK).
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3. Contradictions and sheer hypocrisy from the Govt, Baroness @SarahLudford: "HMG will ensure the Constitution is defended". Defended against whom? The Judiciary, deploying human rights, to protect it?
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4. Defended by whom? Those who continuously sought to bypass it (in Miller 1 and Miller 2 e.g.), and who now attack its human rights foundations?
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5. "HM's Ministers will restore the balance of power between the legislature and the courts by introducing a Bill of Rights". Which assumes an imbalance in favour of the judiciary that exists only in the imagination of far right ideologues in the Conservative party.
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6. In view of overwhelming evidence that it has received, in favour of protecting the Human Rights Act, the Independent Human Rights Act Review made modest suggestions for reform, but their report fell on deaf ears and the Govt is pushing through for mere political expediency.
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7. The Govt should be listening to what the former President of the @UKSupremeCourt said here:
A damning critique by Lord Neuberger, of the state of the rule of law in the UK (which was reminiscent of Lord Bingham’s work in the area) — it was the concluding presentation at this excellent workshop on 'democratic backsliding' in the UK organised by @ExeterLawSchool. THREAD
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8. They should be listening to Parliament itself, the @HumanRightsCtte's serious concerns on HRA reform for instance: bird.trom.tf/HumanRightsCtte/… @HarrietHarman @SarahLudford #QueensSpeech #HumanRightsAct
Our report published today expresses concern about the Government's proposals for a British Bill of Rights. Read the report: publications.parliament.uk/p… Read the news article: committees.parliament.uk/com…
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10. Important to note a symbolic contradiction too, @SarahLudford. Justice Secretary @DominicRaab delivering a Queen's Speech (to Prince Charles) engineered to undermine fundamental human rights, judicial independence and, ultimately, the rule of law.
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11. Interesting emphasis here too, on "HM's Ministers" (leading on the attack on the Human Rights Act).
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5. "HM's Ministers will restore the balance of power between the legislature and the courts by introducing a Bill of Rights". Which assumes an imbalance in favour of the judiciary that exists only in the imagination of far right ideologues in the Conservative party.
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Some contradiction there @DimitriosGian
"HM's government will play a leading role in defending democracy and freedom across the world". HM's government will repeal the Human Rights Act. #Queenspeech #HumanRights #HumanRightsAct video via sky news
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Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos retweeted
I became a human rights lawyer because I saw injustice & abuses of power & witnessed how the Human Rights Act was often the only way to hold the state to account. Today the Government will announce their plan to scrap it. More power for them, fewer rights for us...🧵
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"So what is progressive in today's Queen's speech?", @mariellaf1 just asked her guest in @TimesRadio. Spot on.
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Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos retweeted
Climate justice, BLM, human rights: our human rights workshops in schools continue apace! We were thrilled to pay a virtual visit to @StMargsBushey's impressively brilliant students, to speak to them about the impact of the ECHR in the UK. @Fatima_Ahdash sites.gold.ac.uk/law/climate…
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Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos retweeted
Hey, another Brexit dividend.
🇬🇧🇯🇵 Fish and vegetables grown near the old Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan can be freely sold in Britain after the Food Standards Agency scrapped a rule on radioactivity levels in produce telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/05…
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