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Human Rights Law Directions

Fifth Edition

Howard Davis

May 2021

ISBN: 9780198871347

584 pages

In Stock


Price: £39.99

This is the most student-friendly guide to the subject; empowering students to evaluate the law, understand its practical application, and approach assessments with confidence.



A considered balance of depth, detail, context, and critique, Human Rights Law Directions offers the most student-friendly guide to the subject; it empowers students to evaluate the law, understand its practical application, and approach assessments with confidence.

  • Gain a complete understanding of the topic: we won't overload or leave your students short, just the right amount of detail conveyed clearly
  • Understand the law in context: with scene-setting introductions and highlighted case extracts, the practical importance of the law becomes clear
  • Identify when and how to evaluate the law critically: we'll introduce the key areas of debate and give your students the confidence to question the law
  • Direct and consolidate their knowledge: visually engaging learning and self-testing features aid understanding and help your students tackle assessments with confidence
  • Elevate their learning: with the ground-work in place you can aspire to take learning to the next level, the authors provide direction on going further
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Updated with the most recent cases, as well as the impact of both Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic on human rights law
  • Updates also include the application of Article 8 to topical issues such as abortion, gender identity, LGBT rights, and marriage/civil partnerships
  • New figures and diagrams help to summarise key information

About the Author(s)

Howard Davis, Reader in Public Law, Bournemouth University

Howard Davis is Reader in Public Law at Bournemouth University. He has taught constitutional, administrative and human rights law for many years. His research and writing interests include human rights in both the domestic and the international spheres.

Table of Contents

    Part 1 Human Rights: The European Convention and the Human Rights Act, and Pervasive Principles
    1:Human rights: the idea and the law
    2:The European Convention on Human Rights
    3:The European Convention and the law of the United Kingdom
    4:The Human Rights Act 1998 (1) rights and duties
    5:The Human Rights Act 1998 (2) proceedings and remedies
    6:Convention law: pervasive themes
    Part 2 Substantive Rights and their application in the United Kingdom
    7:Ancillary rights
    8:Article 2 right to life
    9:Article 3 prohibition of torture
    10:Article 4 prohibition of slavery and forced labour
    11:Article 5 right to liberty and security
    12:Article 6 right to a fair trial
    13:Article 7 no punishment without law
    14:Introduction to Articles 8-11
    15:Article 8 right to respect for private and family life
    16:Article 9 freedom of thought, conscience, and religion
    17:Article 10 freedom of expression
    18:Article 11 freedom of assembly and association
    19:Article 12 right to marry
    20:Applications: police powers
    21:Applications: prisoners' rights
    22:Applications: media law and privacy
    23:Article 1 of the First Protocol protection of property
    24:Article 2 of the First Protocol right to education
    25:Article 3 of the First Protocol right to free elections
    26:Anti-terrorism law and human rights

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The fifth edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.
- The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
_ - The online resources that support the book include
· Multiple choice questions
· Flashcard glossary
· Guidance on answering the end of chapter exam questions
· Guidance on answering the end of chapter self-test questions
· Annotated web links
· Annual updates to the book

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