NALC Legal Topic Notes

[24] THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACT 1998

The Human Rights Act 1988 (the 1988 Act) (which came into effect in October 2000) incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland). Prior to the Act, any party who believed that his convention rights had been breached was required to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg. The aim of the Act is to incorporate all the provisions of the Convention into UK law so that individuals can benefit from their rights in the UK courts; without having to go to Strasbourg.


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