There are two myths about the United Kingdom. The first is that we do not have a constitution and did not have any human rights law until very recently. The second myth, very much tied to the first, is that human rights is a new topic. I find that most law students seem to think that they alone have thought about fundamental human rights and that the rest of the world knows nothing about it. As with most myths, however, none of these is absolutely true.
Lord Gordon Slynn,
The Development of Human Rights in the United Kingdom,
28 Fordham Int'l L.J. 477
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