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Human rights and wrongs

Former UK judge Jonathan Sumption on the relationship between law and politics in relation to human rights.

In his third lecture, Jonathan Sumption, argues that concepts of human rights have a long history in the common law. But by contrast, the European Convention on Human Rights has become a dynamic treaty, taking on new interpretations and powers. Article 8 – the right to private and family life – is the most striking example. Should these decisions be made by judges or parliament?

The Reith Lectures are presented and chaired by Anita Anand.

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The Reith Lectures on Radio 4

The Reith Lectures on Radio 4

Archive recordings from the BBC's flagship annual lecture series going back to 1948