Private Schools and the Politicization of Treaty Obligations

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Whether for or against private education, the recent Labour resolution to prohibit private schools in the UK adds very little tangible change from existing policy proposals to cut tax relief to the independent schools that educate approximately 6-7% of children in the UK. More notable are the questions raised by Labour’s approach to protected rights. This Labour party policy raises questions about the understanding of the limits of any UK government to restrict international human rights obligations to which it has long been bound and also incorporated into national law. One such example raised by this policy proposal is the right to education set out in article 2 of the first Protocol (P1) to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEU Law Analysis
Media of outputBlog post
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sep 2019


  • treaty obligations
  • treaty law
  • human rights
  • private schools
  • right to education


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