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University Degree: Human Rights Law
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An example of which is Article 3 ECHR (freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment). Article 3 has been regarded as an 'absolute right' by the European Court on Human Rights (ECtHR),  over a significant length of time and producing an extensive body of case law. It may be thought of as perplexing to talk of an 'absolute' human right within a national human rights system; however, there is also support for the absolute nature of the prohibition on torture within the UN system. Furthermore, the Torture Convention is widely ratified with 159 States Parties and 10 Signatories. Derogable Rights There are other rights within the Convention, which are subject to derogation.
Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.
- Do they use key words from the title or question?
- Do they answer the question directly?
- Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
The application of common standards necessarily treats people differently, privileging some and penalising others. Thus it becomes an imposition of homogeneity, not an acceptance of difference. Discuss
Every individual is different and so, by definition, common standards will treat people differently. Examples have been seen with regard to both the gender and background divides, where the law and rights have tried to eradicate discrimination, failing at every turn. Human rights have been the most significant attempt at creating worldwide common standards and, in this way, can be seen as the biggest failure. Human rights privilege their male creators in the western world, penalising women and the poor, most tragically those in the developing world.
The only way we can maintain our living standards in the west is through the damnation of the rest of the world, emphasising our differences rather than embracing them: this will never change."
Critically consider the extent that 'right to silence' and the privilege against self-incrimination continue to be a part of the English criminal justice system
Although the right to silence is not abolished completely, the right and the privilege against self-incrimination were significantly undermined and curtailed under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 alongside with other statutory provisions penalising silence. Moreover, according to the European Court of Human Rights, the right to silence is not an absolute right. Therefore, it can be said that they continue to be part of the English criminal legal system only to a rather small extent."
This essay will discuss what is meant by Human Rights and go on to explain both the rights of privacy and the freedom of expression individually and then identify if both of these work well together.
"The competing nature of the laws, together with the nature of their wording, have created a lack of certitude among many who are subject to them. As shown by the Campbell case, there is no clear dividing line between the rights of privacy and those of freedom of expression. It is hard to justify the statement that Human Rights ensure basic rights and freedoms as they currently stand. Although they can arguably have enhanced the ability to defend ones rights within the courts, the competing nature of conflicting rights and the large areas of uncertainty that currently exist would suggest that the legislation falls far short of ensuring them. In Conclusion although the individual has freedom of expression and rights to privacy these come under conflict under certain circumstances."