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The Interfaith Legal Advisers Network

Ninth Meeting (October 2015)

ILAN Meeting 2015

The Interfaith Legal Advisers Network (ILAN) held its 2015 Meeting on ‘Religious Rights and Litigation’ on Tuesday 20th October 2015 at Farrer & Co in London. Given that the current Government is looking at the future of the Human Rights Act 1998 and its possible replacement by a British Bill of Rights, the meeting took stock of the current position to ask how religious rights have been protected under the current legislation and what if any changes should be made, both in relation to the legislation itself and the approach to litigation by religious groups and individuals.

The meeting, chaired by Professor Mark Hill QC, began with three short academic papers seeking to analyse the effect of the Human Rights Act 1998 upon religious rights to examine the likely effect of any changes to the legislation, including the effect of leaving the European Convention on Human Rights.

Caroline Roberts, a doctoral student at Bristol and Cardiff, spoke on ‘Emerging Trends, Myths and Concerns in the Article 9 Case Law at Strasbourg’, Frank Cranmer commented upon ‘The Human Rights Act 1998 and “Bringing Rights Home’ and Dr Russell Sandberg discussed ‘The Domestic Case Law on Article 9 ECHR and the “Juridification” of Religion’.

We would like to thank Farrer & Co for kindly agreeing to host the meeting and Frank Cranmer for organising this.

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