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All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Rule of Law

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Rule of Law is a cross‐party group focussed on the rule of law. The purpose of the APPG on the Rule of Law is to promote parliamentary and public discussion of the rule of law as a practical concept.

The APPG on the Rule of Law was established by a meeting of members of both Houses of Parliament on 3 June 2015. The Chair of the APPG is The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, the the Co-Chair is The Lord Pannick QC.

The Bingham Centre acts as the secretariat for the APPG on the Rule of Law. The Bingham Centre would like to acknowledge the support of The Legal Education Foundation (LEF) which funds the APPG secretariat.

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On 27 October 2016, the Bingham Centre co-organised a workshop at Edinburgh Law School on 'Brexit and the British Bill of Rights', along with the Europa Institute and the Global Justice Academy of the University of Edinburgh, and the Human Rights Centre at Queen's University Belfast. Participants engaged in a wide-ranging discussion over the course of the day around the central question of the implications of Brexit and a British Bill of Rights for human rights protection in the UK. There was also particular emphasis on the impact of these developments for the devolved nations, with a range of speakers from Scotland and Northern Ireland

A research paper edited by Dr Tobias Lock and Dr Tom Gerald Daly (University of Edinburgh) is available here and presents four key themes from the workshop: (1) a concrete reduction in rights protection; (2) consent, including a discussion of the Article 50 litigation in London and Belfast; (3) constitutional complexity; and (4) community and the impact of Brexit and a British Bill of Rights for wider Europe. The workshop was generously supported by the Thomas Paine Initiative.

For inquiries contact Swee Leng Harris at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.