178. Statutory interpretation.

It is a well-established principle of statutory construction that the interpretation of a statute designed to implement, or concerning subject matter connected with, an international human rights treaty should be in harmony with the provisions of that treaty1. The presumption is that Parliament cannot have intended to legislate contrary to its obligations in international human rights law, and thus that a provision of either primary or secondary legislation that is ambiguous will be interpreted compatibly with the rights guaranteed by an unincorporated treaty2. United Kingdom courts will therefore favour an interpretation of a statute that is compatible with the