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Unlocking Human Rights

2nd Edition

By Peter Halstead


398 pages

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Unlocking Human Rights will ensure that you grasp the main concepts of this fascinating and dynamic area of law with ease, providing you with an indispensible foundation in the subject. The book explains in detailed, yet straightforward, terms:

• The nature of human rights

• European Convention on Human Rights

• Human Rights Act

• Right to life

• Torture, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

• Public order, police powers, freedom of association and assembly

• Right to a fair trial

• Freedom of expression

• Privacy, private life and marriage

• Right to liberty and security

• Prohibition of discrimination

• Terrorism

• Freedom of thought, conscience and religion

• Property rights

• Contemporary themes of UN human rights review of the UK, constitutional reform, and security

The book provides practical knowledge to help you apply the understanding of these themes and explains:

• Rights concepts and language

• How the Convention and Human Rights Act operate

• Ways in which applicants use the procedures to remedy injustices when domestic UK law has let them down

• What kinds of protection are available to everyone within the UK’s jurisdiction

• How a balance is struck between the need to protect many different kinds of right in the modern world, with the equally important need to protect everyone from external threats

• Why it is vital that essential freedoms of thought, conscience, religion, association, assembly and expression are protected

• How the ‘rights’ which everyone claims as their own have to be balanced against the qualifications or restrictions that are imposed to protect other people’s interests

This new volume is fully up-to-date with the latest changes in the law and includes discussion of essential developments, including the Protection of Freedom Act 2012, Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 and the Succession to the Crown Act 2013.


"This book covers all the main topic areas on undergraduate and professional law syllabuses and it provides a full understanding of each with supporting resources from the ‘unlockingthelaw.co.uk’ website which will give the student an indispensable foundation of understanding of the subject." - Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

Table of Contents

1. Introductory concepts 2. European Convention on Human Rights 3. Human Rights Act 1998 4. Right to life 5. Torture, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment 6. Public order, police powers, freedom of association and assembly 7. Fair trial 8. Freedom of expression 9. Privacy, private life and marriage 10. Right to Liberty and Security 11. Prohibition of Discrimination 12. Terrorism 13. Freedom of thought, conscience and religion 14. Property rights 15. Themes

About the Author

Unlocking Human Rights covers all the substantive provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights and the operation of the Human Rights Act. Taking a thematic approach throughout, basic aspects and key terms of human rights, their origin and development are comprehensively explained.

This second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to focus primarily on domestic Human Rights, including the importance and influence of the European Court of Human Rights on domestic law and policy. With new chapters on terrorism and counter-terrorism measures, public order and a consideration of the future of human rights, Unlocking Human Rights offers an up-to-date and engaging approach to the subject, making it the ideal textbook for undergraduate human rights and civil liberties courses.

Unlocking the Law is the groundbreaking series of textbooks with a unique approach to the study of undergraduate law. Designed specifically to make the subject matter accessible, the text is broken up with features, activities, key facts charts, diagrams, and numerous headings and sub-headings. Unlocking the Law textbooks have been written specifically to ensure that readers understand fully the concepts required and are able to apply them with confidence.

About the Series

Unlocking the Law

The Unlocking the Law series is designed specifically to make the law accessible. The books have been designed with the same format and structure, so each chapter in each book includes: a list of aims and objectives, activities such as quick quizzes and self-test questions, key facts charts to consolidate your knowledge, and diagrams to aid learning.

All topic areas are broken up into manageable sections with a logical progression and extensive use of headings and numerous sub-headings as well as an extensive contents list and index. Each book in the series contains a variety of flow charts, diagrams, key facts charts and summaries to reinforce the information in the body of the text. Diagrams and flow charts are particularly useful because they can provide a quick and easy understanding of the key points, especially when revising for examinations. Key facts charts not only provide a quick visual guide through the subject but are also useful for revision.

Many cases are separated out for easy access and all cases have full citation in the text as well as the table of cases for easy reference. The emphasis of the series is on depth of understanding much more than breadth of detail. For this reason each text also includes key extracts from judgments where appropriate. Extracts from academic comment from journal articles and leading texts are also included to give some insight into the academic debate on complex or controversial areas. In both cases these are highlighted and removed from the body of the text.

Finally the books also include much formative 'self-testing', with a variety of activities ranging through subject specific comprehension, application of the law, and a range of other activities to help the student gain a good idea of his or her progress in the course. Appendices with guides on completing essay style questions and legal problem solving supplement and support this interactivity. Besides this a sample essay plan is added at the end of most chapters.

Series editors: Jacqueline Martin LLM has ten years' experience as a practising barrister and has taught law at all levels. Chris Turner LLM is a Senior Lecturer in law at Wolverhampton University.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Civil Law