This Comment explores the background of the conflict in Northern Ireland and an example of alleged past corruption in the UK security forces' use of covert agents. It discusses the legal background surrounding the enactment of RIPA, including the direct legislative history of the Act and the Act's indirect history, as evidenced through decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. It also examines the statutory framework of RIPA focusing on the provisions that serve as a check on the use of covert human surveillance in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. Finally, this Comment argues that RIPA is insufficient in providing full accountability and protection of human rights, as it is compelled to do under both international and domestic human rights law.
Policing Undercover Agents in the United Kingdom: Whether the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act Complies with Regional Human Rights Obligations,
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