Adams and Others v Lord Advocate: IHCS 31 Jul 2002

(Opinion) The applicants challenged the introduction of restrictions of hunting by foxes, arguing that the law would infringe their human rights.
Held: The Act was not infringing. Fox hunting as such was not a private activity protected by the Convention, and the interference with property rights was justified by the balancing interest of preventing cruelty to animals. The discrimination which was necessarily part of the engagement of the applicant’s human rights, was justified.
The complaint that the Act was ultra vires the parliament also failed. It was wrong to import the common law concepts in considering the competence of the Scottish Parliament.
Lord Nimmo Smith
Times 08-Aug-2002, [2002] ScotCS 344, 2002 SCLR 881, 2003 SLT 366, 2002 GWD 26-879, [2002] UKHRR 1189, 2003 SC 171
European Convention on Human Rights 8 14 1st protocol, Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002, Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 (Commencement) Order 2002
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The claimant objected to the disclosure by the police of matters revealed during their investigation, but in this case, it was held, disclosure even after the event ‘might well jeopardise the long-term purpose that originally prompted the . .
CitedYoung, James And Webster v The United Kingdom ECHR 18-Oct-1982
Hudoc Judgment (Just satisfaction) Pecuniary damage – financial award; Non-pecuniary damage – financial award; Costs and expenses award – Convention proceedings
ECHR . .
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CitedNorris v Ireland ECHR 26-Oct-1988
A homosexual man complained that the criminalisation of homosexual conduct in Ireland violated his article 8 right to respect for his private life, although he accepted that the risk of being prosecuted was remote.
Held: The court accepted . .
CitedPurcell v Ireland ECHR 16-Apr-1991
The applicants were several individuals and two trades unions who complained that a ministerial order made under legislation relating to broadcasting infringed their rights under Article 10 of the Convention.
Held: The Commission rejected the . .
CitedChassagnou and Others v France ECHR 29-Apr-1999
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CitedHandyside v The United Kingdom ECHR 7-Dec-1976
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CitedLocal Government Byelaws (Wales) Bill 2012 – Reference By The Attorney General for England and Wales SC 21-Nov-2012
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Updated: 08 January 2021; Ref: scu.174454