2021 marks 21 years since the States Assembly passed the Human Rights (Jersey) Law 2000, which came into force in 2006. Modelled closely on the UK’s Human Rights Act 1998, the Law also mirrors legislation adopted in the Bailiwick of Guernsey and the Isle of Man. The Law was designed to “bring rights home” by incorporating internationally recognised rights and freedoms contained in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into domestic legal systems. This project will review the operation of the Human Rights (Jersey) Law 2000 to measure the effect the 2000 Law has had. It will address four principal questions:
- Does the Human Rights (Jersey) Law 2000 work effectively?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Human Rights (Jersey) Law 2000?
- Is the Human Rights (Jersey) Law 2000 operating in the way that it was intended to?
- What are the implications for Jersey of the findings and recommendations of the UK Independent Human Rights Act Review, due to report in Summer 2021?
The Jersey Law Commission is an independent body set up by the States of Jersey in 1996 to identify and examine aspects of law with a view to their development and reform. The Jersey Law Commission carries out research and consultations to eliminate anomalies, recommend repeal of obsolete and unnecessary enactments, reduce the number of separate enactments, and simplify and modernise the law of Jersey. The Commission’s recommendations are considered by the Government of Jersey and the assembly of the States of Jersey.
This project is open to postgraduate students who are taking the Human Rights Centre Clinic Module (HU902). Applications are now closed for 2021/2022.