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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent coverage of parliamentary and judicial reception, weaker on the 'real' effects of the Human Rights Act, 7 Sep 2010
This review is from: Making Rights Real: The Human Rights Act in Its First Decade (Human Rights Law in Perspective) (Hardcover)
I found this book an excellent and detailed exposition of popular, political and judicial reception to the Human Rights Act, as well as the technicalities of its application. I would not recommend it to a student new to human rights law, but it is clearly written by experts with an eye for the peculiarities of the Act's application and judicial interpretation. My only quibble would be that it seems to take a rather politically and legally narrow approach to 'horizontal' rights, and reflect a flawed understanding of the genuine difficulties vulnerable parties may have in upholding their rights against private individuals - as in the YL v Birmingham City Council case. There is little discussion of the wider accessibility of human rights law for rights holders. For instance, discussion of the availability of legal aid, and the obstacles presented by other power imbalances between private parties and public authorities which may dissuade some from taking action to protect their interests. Coverage of these issues would better justify the 'real' in the title.
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