UK High Court rejects students’ claim that rise in student fees violates Human Rights

On 17th February 2012, the UK High Court found that the government’s policy on tuition fees, while breaching public sector duties to uphold equality, did not amount to a violation of human rights. Two teenagers, Callum Hurley and Katy Moore, represented by Matrix Chambers’ Helen Mountfield QC, instructed by Public Interest Lawyers’ Sam Jacobs, brought forward a bid for judicial review, arguing that the increase in student fees violated the European Convention on Human Rights. Mountfield argued that the legislation was also in breach of the Sex Discrimination Act of 1975, the Race Relations Act 1976, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, and the Human Rights Act 1998. However, Mr. Justice King and Lord Justice Elias judged that however “inadequate” the government’s assessment of equality issues, the student fee increase was legal.


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