Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
xviii, 484 pages ; 24 cm.
Cambridge studies in constitutional law.
Formatted Contents Note
I. The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 Political origins of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 and MMP [mixed member proportional electoral system] The Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 and prisoner disenfranchisement The Attorney General, select committees and penal populism II. The United Kingdom's Human Rights Act 1998 Political origins of the Human Rights Act Pre-legislative compatibility assessments under HRA Parliamentary review of national security measures Parliamentary review : equality and democratic issues.
"Both New Zealand and the United Kingdom challenge assumptions about how a bill of rights functions. Their parliamentary bills of rights constrain judicial review and also look to parliament to play a rights-protecting role. This arises from the requirement to inform parliament if legislative bills are not compatible with rights. But are these bills of rights operating in this proactive manner? Are governments encountering significantly stronger pressures to ensure legislation complies with rights? Are these bills of rights resulting in more reasoned deliberations in parliament about the justification of legislation from a rights perspective? Through extensive interviews with public officials and analysis of parliamentary debates where questions of compliance with rights arise (prisoner voting, parole and sentencing policy, counter-terrorism legislation, and same-sex marriage), this book argues that a serious gap exists between the promise of these bills of rights and the institutional variables that influence how these parliaments function"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 422-462) and index.