Sir Noel Malcolm
Senior Adviser on Human Rights
Sir Noel Malcolm is a Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He did his doctorate in History at Cambridge, and was for seven years a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College. He has been a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard and a Visiting Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford; he is an Honorary Fellow of Peterhouse, Gonville and Caius College, and Trinity College, Cambridge. His work has ranged widely in European history and intellectual history, with a particular interest in the history of political philosophy. A general editor of the Clarendon Edition of the Works of Thomas Hobbes, he has published in that series editions of Hobbes’s Correspondence (2 vols, 1994) and Leviathan (3 vols, 2012). He was knighted in 2014 for services to scholarship, journalism and European history.
A panel discussion held to discuss Sir Noel Malcolm's new study for Policy Exchange, Human Rights and Political Wrongs has featured in The Times's legal diary.
Sir Noel Malcolm, leading historian of ideas and Senior Adviser on Human Rights to Policy Exchange, appeared on Radio 4’s Today programme to debate the issue of Human Rights law with Baroness Helena Kennedy QC.
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In a major new study for Policy Exchange, Sir Noel Malcolm, leading historian of ideas and Senior Adviser on Human Rights to Policy Exchange, argues that democracy is being eroded by an ever-expanding system of human rights law and condemns the encroachment of the European Court of Human Rights on democratically-elected parliaments. Sir Noel reaches the conclusion that the best way to protect human rights and align this protection with democratically accountable government is for the UK to leave the jurisdiction of the Court. He appeared on the Today programme to debate the issue with Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws QC.
Following the publication of Sir Noel Malcolm’s Human Rights and Political Wrongs, Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project has published five responses to his book by eminent legal and philosophical scholars. The short commentaries by Baroness O’Neill, Lord Phillips, John Finnis, John Tasioulas and Guglielmo Verdirame interrogate and complement Sir Noel’s work.