Four to join new human rights commission

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

Four leading Jewish human rights experts have been appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to investigate a potential UK Bill of Rights.

Nearly half of all the members of the newly formed independent commission are Jewish.

Lord Lester QC is a Liberal Democrat peer and the author of Britain's Human Rights Act. Jonathan Fisher QC, a former honorary officer of the United Synagogue, is visiting professor of the London School of Economics. Barrister Phillippe Sands has written several damning books on the UK-US invasion of Iraq.

Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky is the president of the International Political Science Association’s research committee on political finance and political corruption and a member of the academic panel on party funding of the Committee on Standards in Public Life .

The Commission will be headed by former Home Office Permanent Secretary, Sir Leigh Lewis. Other members of the panel are Martin Howe QC, Anthony Speaight QC, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and Sir David Edward.

Last updated: 1:51pm, March 18 2011