Breach of the peace and the European Convention on Human Rights

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    Abstract

    The enactment of the Human Rights Act 1998 necessitates a reassessment of fundamental common law crimes. This paper describes one of the most commonly prosecuted of crimes, namely “breach of the peace”, and argues that it is not defined with sufficient precision to conform to the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)145-168
    Number of pages24
    JournalEdinburgh Law Review
    Volume5
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2001

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    Keywords

    • Breach of the peace
    • European Convention on Human Rights
    • Criminal law
    • Scotland

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