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Law and human rights annual report 2000/2001

The British Council connects people worldwide to share ideas, information and best practice in law and human rights. Our work demonstrates the experience and commitment of the UK as a partner in strengthening human rights and access to justice. We also stress the importance of access to human rights and justice for all members of society, including disadvantaged groups.

This has been a busy year for the British Council in the field of law and human rights, and this report shows the extent and range of our work around the world. The British Council has now produced its strategy to the year 2005 confirming that governance, which includes human rights and law, will increase in importance to the Council over the next five years.

The British Council has also been carrying out a review of its committees. In order best to reflect the Councilís core themes, a new Governance Committee will be established later in the year and will cover law and human rights. For this reason, the Law Advisory Committee has not met during 2000.

The UK-wide incorporation of the Human Rights Act, in October 2000, has increased the profile of human rights at the UK level and led to rapidly growing resources, networks and practice in this area. The British Council has been working to facilitate overseas access to these developments, along with the increasing diversity within the UK jurisdictions in the wake of constitutional reforms.

The following report sets out an overview of British Council work in law and human rights around the world in 2000/2001.

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