National Legal Framework

The Human Rights Act

The Human Rights Act (HRA) received royal assent on 9th November 1998 and came into force on 2nd October 2000. It gives further effect in UK law to the rights contained in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

The Northern Ireland Act

The Northern Ireland Act sets out departmental statutory duties in relation to human rights for Northern Ireland Civil Service government departments in sections 24 and 26.