New research project on international principles for domestic bills of rights processes

August 2022

The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford, the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, and our Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law are undertaking a joint research project to identify and examine key principles drawn from international human rights law, which are binding on the UK, against which to measure domestic bills of rights processes such as those currently underway in UK and some of its devolved jurisdictions.

Principles which are being considered as part of the research project include, for example, states’ obligations to respect, protect and fulfil rights; the obligation to provide an effective framework of remedies; the obligation to provide for effective monitoring and reporting; the right to public participation in the making of domestic legislation affecting rights; and the duty of non-regression in rights protection.

Further details about this research, which will inform consideration of the UK Government’s proposals around the repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998 and initiatives in the devolved jurisdictions to adopt human rights legislation where their competencies allow them to do so, can be found on this news release from CSHRL.

For further info on the Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law’s research for the project, or to find out more about our follow-up plans in Scotland, please contact Professor Alan Miller ( and Dr Douglas Jack (