Vinter, Bamber & Moore v UK: whole life prisoners must have the “experience of hope”

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the system of “whole life orders”, whereby in England and Wales a mandatory life sentence may be imposed and the possibility of early release denied under section 269(4) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, amounts to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in breach of article […]

Draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill

Here is the government’s draft bill offering Parliament a menu of options on prisoners’ votes. <a href=””>Draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill (PDF)</a> <br /> <a href=””>Draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill (Text)</a>Adam Wagner at the UK Human Rights Blog wondered what if any significance there might be in the that fact that the “status quo” option […]

Have lawyers really “cleared” the government to defy Strasbourg over prisoners’ votes?

Today the Times is running a (£) story headlined: Cameron is cleared to defy Europe on human rights The story is based on an eight-page memo prepared for Nick Clegg that Sam Coates has published on Twitter: [blackbirdpie url=”[blackbirdpie url=”″] It’s not clear who the advice is from or to (although its file name beginning […]