Legal powers

The Commission has fewer powers in relation to human rights as in relation to the anti-discrimination 'equality enactments'.

However it can:

  • take judicial review proceedings on the basis of breaches of the Human Rights Act, or in relation to any matter in connection with which the Commission has a function;
  • intervene in human rights proceedings taken by others (including in the European Court of Human Rights); or
  • hold inquiries into any issue of human rights (including human rights issues not in the Human Rights Act – for instance the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities).

In Scotland, the Commission shares its remit with the Scottish Human Rights Commission and must discuss issues raised with them before taking action.

Last Updated: 18 Nov 2014