Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Law professor influences House of Lords Bill

Friday, 09 December 2016

Law professor influences House of Lords Bill

Professor Lucy Vickers, Research Lead for the School of Law recently submitted a blog to the Oxford Human Rights Hub.

In her blog post she argued that the government should introduce a duty on public authorities to have due regard to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child relating to the safeguarding and welfare of children. Her blog was written in reaction to the recent recommendation from the Joint Committee on Human Rights that England should adopt this duty into their Children and Social Work Bill.

Her blog was drawn to the attention of members of the House of Lords debating the Children and Social Work Bill, and Baroness Walmsley made direct reference to information from the blog in her interventions in the parliamentary debate.

Lucy has also recently submitted evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee’s inquiry into ensuring strong equalities legislation after the UK leaves the EU. She argued that equalities legislation will require strong domestic protection after Brexit, as much of our equality law is derived from EU law.

Lucy’s blog post on the Oxford Human Rights Hub can be seen here.