The extent of these powers [...powers to scrutinize proposed legislation before the Northern Ireland Assembly for its compliance with human rights standards, to assist litigants in bringing human rights complaints before the courts, and to conduct investigations into matters that give rise to human rights concerns...advising the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland as to whether any additional human rights, beyond those to be introduced for the whole of the United Kingdom by the Human Rights Act 1998, should be included in a Bill of Rights specific to Northern Ireland...], and their adequacy to the task that the Commission is expected to achieve, will be considered in more detail later in Parts III and IV of this Essay. Before doing so, however, it is worth examining the role of human rights commissions generally, and the particular manifestations that they have hitherto taken in Northern Ireland.Such background information is essential to understanding both what can be expected from the Commission and the type of problems that it is likely to face.
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission,
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