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The Application of the Human Rights Act 1998 to Public Authorities and Private Bodies

  • Nicholas Bamforth (a1)

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THE Human Rights Act 1998 applies only to “public authorities”. This article begins by examining the Act's definition of a “public authority” and how this will interact with existing distinctions between public and private law in domestic judicial review and EU law. It is then argued that the Act may, through two different routes, have a limited horizontal impact between private bodies – although certain technical obstacles will need to be overcome. The article considers, finally, the operation between private bodies of the requirement that legislation be interpreted as far as possible in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights.

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The Application of the Human Rights Act 1998 to Public Authorities and Private Bodies

  • Nicholas Bamforth (a1)

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