This practical guide introduces students to the basic principles of the law, enabling a comprehensive understanding of criminology and criminal justice. Law for Criminologists enthuses both students and teachers about the law while giving sound advice on how to achieve a thorough comprehension of the topic. The book strikes a much-needed balance between essential law for criminologists and commentary on current legal issues.

Human Rights Legislation
Human rights legislation

Chapter 8 examines:

  • The practical application of human rights legislation in relation to criminology
  • The meaning and functions of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998
  • The roles and functions of the European Court of Human Rights (Strasbourg) and the International Criminal Court (The Hague)
  • The use of the death penalty in the world compared with countries that use life imprisonment

This chapter seeks to provide criminologists with an overview of human rights legislation, both in the European and the international arena. In Europe we have the European Convention on Human Rights of 1950, brought into UK law by way of the Human Rights Act 1998 on 2 October 2000. The 1998 Act marked the biggest constitutional change in UK ...

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