Lord Brown has both appeared before the Strasbourg court as counsel for the United Kingdom and applied decisions of the court in the House of Lords and the Supreme Court. Most notably, he has been involved in key human rights cases, such as Young, James & Webster v UK, Harriet Harman v UK and Malone v UK Smith v MoD, Anderson v Home Secretary, Hirst (prisoner votes), Gillan (stop and search), S & Marpur (DNA samples), Al-Khawaja, Horncastle and the Control Order litigation. In this lecture, he reflects upon the role of the Strasbourg court and its interaction with English law, particularly post the enactment of the Human Rights Act 1998.