Human rights reading list

The following is a selection of relevant books and journal articles on human rights and the Human Rights Act 1998. Please email our Library if you have a suggestion for a book or journal article to add to this list.

Alston, P, Goodman, R (2012) International human rights. 2nd revised edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Amos, M. (2014) Human Rights Law. 2nd edition, Oxford: Hart Publishing.

Ardill, N. (2014) Home Care Inquiry: bringing down barriers to home care, Elder Law Journal 4(1), pp.103-107.

Ardill, N. (2011) Human Rights and Older Clients, Elder Law Journal 1(1), pp. 53-60.

Beatson, J. et al., (2008) Human rights: judicial protection in the United Kingdom. London: Sweet and Maxwell Ltd.

Blackwell, M. (2020) Indeterminacy, disagreement and the Human Rights Act: an empirical study of litigation in the UK House of Lords and Supreme Court 1997-2017,

Modern Law Review, 83(2), pp. 285-320

Brems, E, de Beco, G & Vandenhole, W (2013) National human rights institutions and economic, social and cultural rights, Cambridge: Intersentia.

Clayton, R. Tomlinson, H., (2009). The law of human rights volumes 1 & 2, 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Cleary, K, Ivanova, D. (2020) Restraint, seclusion and segregation in care services: a human rights issue, Blog 22nd November.

Donald, A; Mottershaw, E, Leach, P, (2009) Evaluating the impact of selected cases under the Human Rights Act on public services provision, Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Donald, A, Watson, J, McClean, N. (2009) Human Rights in Britain Since the Human Rights Act 1998: A critical review. Manchester: Equality & Human Rights Commission.

Donald, A. Leach, P, & Puddephatt, R. (2010) Developing a Bill of Rights for the UK? Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Drew, S. (2009) Human Trafficking: Human Rights, London: Legal Action Group.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (2009) Human rights inquiry: report of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (2011) Close to home: an inquiry into older people and human rights in home care. Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (2012) Human Rights Review 2012: How fair is Britain? An assessment of how well public authorities protect human rights, Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (2014) A Guide to Business and Human Rights: How human rights can add value to your business, Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (2014) Human rights: human lives. A guide to the Human Rights Act for public authorities, Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (2014) Human Rights in Action: Case studies from Regulators, Inspectorates and Ombudsmen, Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (2016) Protecting human rights: key challenges for the UK's third Universal Periodic Review, Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (2017) Measurement framework for equality and human rights. Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (2017) The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities: what does it mean for you? Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (2019) Human Rights Framework for Restraint: P principles for the lawful use of physical, chemical, mechanical and coercive restrictive interventions, London: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (2021) Human Rights Tracker, Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Fredman, S. (2008). Human rights transformed: positive rights and positive duties. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gearty, C. (2006). Can human rights survive? : The Hamlyn Lectures 2005. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Gearty, C. (2018) States of Denial: What the search for a UK Bill of Rights tells us about human rights protection today, European Human Rights Law Review, 5, pp.415-421

Giannoulopoulos, D. (2020) The Eurosceptic right and (our) human rights: the threat to the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights is alive and well, European Human Rights Law Review, 3, pp. 225-242.

Goodman, R, Pegram, T (eds) (2012) Human rights, state compliance, and social change: assessing national human rights institutions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Harvey, C., (2005). Human rights in the community: rights as agents for change. Oxford: Hart Publishing.

Harvey, C (2011) 'Taking the next step? Achieving another Bill of Rights', European Human Rights Law Review 24(1): 24-42.

Harris, D et al. (2018). Harris, O’Boyle and Warbrick: Law of the European Convention on Human Rights, 4th edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hoffman D, Rowe J. (2013) Human rights in the UK: an introduction to the Human Rights Act 1998, 4th edition, Harlow: Pearson Ltd.

Isaac, D (2018) Human Rights in the Commonwealth, Blog 16 April.

Klug, F. (2000). Values for a godless age: The story of the UK's new bill of rights. London: Penguin.

Leigh, I., Masterman, R. (2008). Making rights real: the Human Rights Act in its first decade, Oxford: Hart Publishing.

Lock, P. (2017) Human rights law in the UK after Brexit, Public Law, Nov Supplement (Brexit Special Extra Issue 2017), 117-134.

Matthews, L, et al. (2008) Human Rights Act: Changing lives 2nd edition, London: British Institute of Human Rights.

Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC, (2009) Human rights law and practice, 3rd edition, London: Lexis Nexis.

Masterman, R, Leigh, I. (2013) The United Kingdom's statutory bill of rights: constitutional and comparative perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Miller, A. (2018) Reflections on the 20th anniversary of the Scotland Act and the Human Rights Act and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Scottish Human Rights Journal, 81, pp.1-2.

Ministry of Justice (2020) Independent Review of the Human Rights Act, London: Ministry of Justice.

Nickel, J. (2007). Making sense of human rights, 2nd edition, London: Blackwell.

O'Cinneide, C (2012) Human rights law in the UK - is there a need for fundamental reform? European Human Rights Law Review, 6, pp.595-607.

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for United Nations (2011) National Human Rights Institutions: History, principles, rules and responsibilities, Geneva: OHCHR.

Reid, K., (2019) A Practitioner's guide to the European Convention on Human Rights, 4th edition, London: Sweet and Maxwell Ltd.

Reed, R., Murdoch, J. (2017). Reed and Murdoch: A guide to human rights law in Scotland, 4th edition, London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Speed, L. (2011) Older people and human rights in home care: a report of two surveys, Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Wadham, J, Mountfield, H, Prochaska, E. et al (2015) Blackstone's Guide to the Human Rights Act 1998, 7th edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Watson, J., Woolf, M., (2008). Human rights act toolkit, 2nd revised edition, London: Legal Action Group.

Wouters, J, Meuwissen, K. (2013) National human rights institutions in Europe: Comparative European and International perspectives, Cambridge: Intersentia.

David Sparrow

Evidence Team

Last updated: 06 Apr 2021