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Civil Liberties and Human Rights

4th Edition

By Helen Fenwick

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More than merely describing developments in the field of civil liberties and human rights, this comprehensive and challenging textbook provides students with detailed and thought-provoking coverage and analysis of the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 in an era in which human rights are coming increasingly under pressure.

Extensively re-written and updated since the last edition, here Helen Fenwick considers the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998, paying particular attention to Labour legislation, especially in the fields of criminal justice and terrorism.

This book:

  • considers recent key domestic decisions in the post-Human Rights Act era, including Campbell, A and Others v Secretary of State for the Home Dept, Ghaidan v Mendoza, R(Gillan) v Commisioner of Police of the Metropolis
  • contains a new chapter on important developments in counter-terrorism law – covering the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001 and the Terrorism Acts 2005 and 2006
  • analyzes key developments in the sphere of media freedom, including the impact of the Communications Act 2003, Pro-life Alliance and Campbell
  • explores new developments in criminal justice, including the Serious and Organized Crime Act 2005
  • addresses the changes in the field of anti-discrimination law, including the Sexual Orientation Regulations 2003 and Equality Act 2006.

This textbook is an essential resource for students studying the development of human rights and civil liberties in the early years of the twenty-first century.


This book provides an excellent treatment of civil liberties and makes a definite contribution to human rights literature in the United Kingdom, and these conclusions can be warmly endorsed by the present reviewer … demonstrates a high level of scholarship and finds a welcome place side by side on the human rights lawyer's shelf … up-to-date, highly informative, and straightforward to use … excellent value and interesting reading.' - The Law Teacher

Table of Contents

Part 1: Theories of Rights and their Legal Protection in the UK 1. The Nature of Rights and Liberties 2. The European Convention on Human Rights 3. Methods of Protecting Civil Liberties in the UK: The Bill of Rights Debate 4. The Human Rights Act 1998 Part 2: Expression 5. Restraining Freedom of Expression Under the Law of Contempt 6. Offensive Speech 7. Official Secrecy; Access to State Information 8. Freedom of Protest and Assembly Part 3: The Protection of Privacy 9. Protection for Personal Information 10. Powers of the Security and Intelligence Services: State Surveillance - Search and Seizure of Property Part 4: Personal Liberty 11. Freedom from Arbitrary Search, Arrest and Detention: Suspects’ Rights in Criminal Investigations 12. Police Questioning: Safeguards for Suspects 13. Redress for Police Malpractice 14. Anti-terrorism Law and Human Rights Part 5: Equality 15. Anti-discrimination Legislation

About the Author

Helen Fenwick is Professor of Law at the University of Durham and Director of the Human Rights Center.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Civil Rights
LAW / International
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights