MARTIN HOWE Q.C.
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- Suporting reform of human rights law through the scrapping of the Human Rights Act 1998, its replacement by a new Bill of Rights and
Responsibilities which will reaffirm our historic rights and liberties and incorporate the text of the European Convention of Human Rights into
UK law, but will de-couple its interpretation from the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg.
Unfortunately in the 60 years since the Convention was drafted, this Court has run amok, going far beyond
its job of interpreting the Convention by creating new judge-made doctrines which do not exist in the actual
wording of the Convention itself. I recently supported these reforms at a debate organised by the Institute of
Ideas on 6 October 2014
I have been working on reform of human rights laws as member of the Coalition Government's Commission
on a Bill of Rights for the UK, which
at the end of 2012 with a majority recommendation for a UK Bill of Rights.
I was previously a member of the Conservative Party's Commission to create a Bill of Rights (and Responsibilities) for the United Kingdom, which was established after David Cameron's speech of 26 June 2006,
"Balancing freedom and security - A modern British Bill of Rights".
I have spoken on numerous occasions in support of replacing the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. At The Times/Matrix Chambers Debate
(More info on the Debate ...),
speaking in favour of the motion were David Davis MP, myself and Andy Hayman, former head of Counter-Terrorism at Scotland Yard. We were opposed by Cherie Booth QC, Rabinder Singh QC and Shami Chakrabarti.
I explained some of my ideas on what the new Bill of Rights can achieve and how it can improve on the present Human Rights Act 1998 in
"The case for a British Bill of Rights"
published by the Conservative Liberty Forum.
At a fringe meeting hosted by
Policy Exchange during the Conservative Party Conference 2009, I explained how a UK Bill of Rights could solve some of the serious problems created by the Human Rights Act and improve the protection of citizens against abuses of power by the bureaucratic State.
- Working to limit and reduce the excessive powers of the EU.
My ideas on the principles which should be adopted for renegotiation of our relationship were recently published by
Politeia in "Zero Plus: The Principles of EU Renegotiation".
My paper explaining how a Soveignty Bill would work to protect the UK's constitution was published by
Politeia in January 2010 and was explained in an
I wrote in The Wall Street Journal Europe.
This proposal was taken up by William Hague and incorporated in law as
Section 18 of the European Union Act 2011 which makes clear that Parliament has ultimate control over
whether EU law applies within the United Kingdom.
I previously contributed to the drafting of the Conservative Party's Bill for a Referendum in the United Kingdom on the Lisbon Treaty, announced by William Hague in June 2009:
William Hague's announcement.
My evidence to the House of Lords sub-committee enquiring into the Lisbon Treaty's impact on the area of "freedom, security and justice" is available from
the House of Lords website.
I chaired the
Courts and Sentencing Policy Group of the Centre for Social Justice.
I explained the work of the Group at a CSJ fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference 2009,
and launched our
with Iain Duncan Smith MP in November 2009.
This major report,
"Order in the Courts: restoring faith through local justice"
criticised the Labour Government's over-centralisation of the criminal justice system and its torrent of legislation, and called
for a much more locally accountable system of justice in which offenders can be dealt with more effectively.
(See Executive Summary of the Report).
For a selection of my publications on political and constitutional issues, see Publications.
Recent publications are on the subjects of the EU and our constitution, criminal justice and sentencing, how to safeguard our civil liberties through a new Bill of Rights for the United Kingdom, human rights and terrorism, and the ever growing threat to our ability to make our own laws from the expanding powers of the European Union.
Please click here for a selection of my legal publications, articles and lectures.