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Labor fears Dominic Raab will target rights action in new justice | The Human Rights Act

Working life and senior legal entities have expressed concern that Dominic Raab was appointed Registrar to adopt wholesale amendments to the Human Rights Act.

Labor has come up with footage of the former foreign minister saying he did not support the action, which he is now expected to enforce or revise. In announcements sent to ministers earlier this year, Raab called on the government to be more ambitious as it sought to reform human rights law and judicial control.

The government launched the independent review of the Human Rights Act, which is expected to report later this year, which reconsider the duty of British courts to “take into account” judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and their ability to declare British laws “incompatible” with human rights.

Footage of Raab being uncovered by the Office of the Shadow’s Justice Secretary, David Lammy, from 2009 shows Raab, then a ringleader, looking into the camera and saying: “I do not support the human rights law and I do not believe in economic and social rights. ”

Dominic Raab: I do not support the human rights law or believe in economic and social rights - video
Dominic Raab: I do not support the human rights law or believe in economic and social rights – video

In a book entitled The Assault on Liberty: What Went Wrong with Rights, written by Raab the same year, he claimed that the Human Rights Act – introduced by Labor in 1998 – had led to a wide range of new claims in the courts.

“The proliferation of rights has become contagious, and since the Human Rights Act opened the door to huge new categories of claims that can be legally enforced against the government through the courts,” he wrote.

The act had allowed British law to be trumped by European courts, Raab claimed, while the boundaries between parliament, the judiciary and the executive had been blurred.

“The very adoption of the Human Rights Act has served as a trigger for formulating claims from lawyers and court justification using human rights arguments that would never have been ventured before,” he said.

On Wednesday, Raab was removed as foreign minister and accepted the roles of secretary of justice, deputy prime minister and chancellor, and he is now also responsible for the independence of the judiciary. Former Secretary of Justice Robert Buckland has returned to the bench.

Informed sources said Raab earlier this year commented on the government’s proposals for possible amendments to the Human Rights Act and judicial review. After receiving a “write-round” note sent to cabinet ministers on proposed policies from Buckland’s office, Raab suggested ministers could be “more ambitious,” a source said.

Legal blogger David Allen Green said Raab was not a popular choice for the position among lawyers because of his fixation on the action. “One would not be surprised that one of Raab’s conditions for accepting the post of chancellor is that he gets another crack at repealing the human rights law,” he said.

There has been concern about the high turnover in the role of chief chancellor over what has been a turbulent period for the justice system, with huge cuts in spending. Derek Sweeting QC, Chairman of the Bar Council, said: “As we welcome the eighth Secretary of Justice for the last 10 years to play this crucial role, the need for a consistent and strong voice in government for our judicial system could not be greater. ”

Sir Bob Neill, the Conservative chairman of the select Judiciary Committee, said he would work with Raab, but lamented the way Buckland had been fired by Boris Johnson for “making room”.

“The position of the Vice-Chancellor is crucial. It is not a kind of sweetie to be handed over by PM, ”he said.

A spokesman for the Justice Department said: “The new foreign minister will carefully consider the independent review of the results when the panel reports back later in the year.”

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