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WHOLE-LIFE SENTENCES IN THE UK: VOLTE-FACE AT THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 July 2015

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THE ECtHR has for the second time in three years engaged with the British Government's handling of whole-life prison terms. In Hutchinson v United Kingdom (Application no. 57592/08), Judgment of 3 February 2015, not yet reported, the Fourth Section accepted the authoritativeness of an English court's decision on the meaning of English law relating to the Home Secretary's discretion to reduce a whole-life sentence. It also yielded to national judges on whether this sentence review mechanism complies with the proscription on inhuman and degrading treatment in Article 3 of the ECHR.

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