Mon 6 April 2009, The Guardian

Our rights need better judges in their defence

By Marcel Berlins
Lord Hoffmann, a law lord not unknown to controversy, has marked his imminent retirement from our highest court with a powerful diatribe against the European court of human rights (ECHR), the ultimate guardian of our rights and liberties. He accuses it of an ambition to impose on Europe a federal law on human rights, involving a loss of national sovereignty, something which was not envisaged when the UK signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights more than 50 years ago.
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