By HRC Correspondent, 4 July 2011
Britain has again been exploring the tension between state sovereignty and the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights.
The debate is as much a concern for companies that apply under the European Convention on Human Rights as it is for individuals.
Dominic Grieve, Britain's attorney general, addressed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg in June, saying that the Court "must be careful to respect that primary role" of the state.
In a tacit hint at the UK's dissatisfaction with Strasbourg's ruling that offenders in prison have a right to vote, he said: "It is not enough simply to hand down from on high, telling people that 'this is a human right', or 'that is not'."
The text of his speech can be found here.