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Common Sense: reflections on the Human Rights Act

Common SenseProfessor Francesca Klug, director of the Human Rights Futures Project at LSE Global Governance, has edited and co-authored a new booklet on the Human Rights Act.

Published by Liberty, the booklet brings together ten articles covering the origins and intentions of the Act, how it works in practice and the context behind political debates about its future.

The series was first published on the Guardian’s Comment is Free website between January and May 2010 as 'Blogging the Bill of Rights'. The booklet includes guest contributions by Shami Chakrabarti (director of Liberty), Alan Miller (chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission), Monica McWilliams (chief commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission) and Helena Kennedy QC (barrister and member of the House of Lords).

It also contains an appendix with selected illustrations of how the HRA has operated in the courts, by Helen Wildbore, research officer for Human Rights Futures. The title of the booklet recalls Tom Paine's pamphlet of the same name, published in 1776.