Does the European Convention on Human Rights provide adequate human rights protection to UK prisoners?

The ECHR has proved an important tool in protecting prisoners’ human rights. However, the UK government has persistently refused to follow its rulings concerning prisoners, particularly in respect of prisoners’ voting rights and the whole life tariff. In this context, how can we ensure prisoners’ human rights are adequately protected?  


  • Eric Allison, prison correspondent for  The Guardian
  • Matthew Evans, Director, AIRE (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) Centre (Chair of the Panel)
  • Nicola Padfield, Master, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, (Reader in Criminal and Penal Justice, University of Cambridge)
  • Pete Weatherby QC , Garden Court North Chambers, Manchester
  • Dirk van Zyl Smit, Professor of Comparative and International Penal Law, School of Law, University of Nottingha 


Please note, this event is being organised by the Prisoners Advice Service. To get your free ticket, please email Prisoners Advice Service directly Tickets will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of two per person. If you book and subsequently cannot attend, please notify us so we can re-allocate your place.  

The Prisoners’ Advice Service is an independent registered charity providing free legal advice and information to prisoners on their rights. We do not accept statutory grant funding from Government departments as this may affect our independence.


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