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Civil Rights: New Labour, Freedom and the Human Rights Actcentres on those areas of domestic civil liberties and human rights that are directly affected by the powers of state agents, mainly the police and the security and intelligence services. It examines the probable impact of the Human Rights Act on those powers, focusing especially on New Labour's own legislative programme. New Labour has put into place a new and very extensive legislative framework for counter terrorism and state surveillance, in the shape of the Terrorism Act 2000 and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
The author analyses the record of the Conservative Governments from 1979 to 1997 in those areas and compares it with the stance taken by the New Labour Government. In addition, the author considers the potentially immense effect in those areas of the Human Rights Act 1998, now fully in force. The author argues that although the Human Rights Act is New Labour legislation it is, ironically, likely to be used to temper the excesses of New Labour's 'state power' scheme.
She is an experienced and widely published researcher and writer in the field of public law generally, and teaches in the areas of civil liberties, media law and human rights. Other titles in this seriesWomen Under the LawAileen McColganLongman0 582 29818 0