The Human Rights Act is composed of guarantees that not so long ago would have been anathema to all serious socialists. Times change. In this age of neo-liberalism, the intellectual resources enjoyed by progressives have drastically drained away. Human rights are no longer a reminder of a liberal past; they have become one of the few hopeful signs that we are heading to a better future. Once a sceptic, Professor Conor Gearty will argue for the retention and, when the time is right, expansion of this piece of legislation.