In his landmark book on the philosophy of law, Taking Rights Seriously, Professor Ronald Dworkin (who sadly died earlier this year), argues the case for the protection of individual rights and against a utilitarian framework of law where the majority decides. Today marks the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights coming into force on 3 September 1953, one response to the atrocities which had been seen before and during World War II. While there may be legitimate debates about how individual civil rights are best protected in the UK and the world today, the ECHR provides an important statement about the respect to be given to the dignity of individuals and the importance of protecting rights against undue infringements by the state. Individual rights do not, of course, operate in a vacuum and may be restricted by what is necessary in a democratic society. Freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of conscience and religion, the rights to life and liberty and the Convention's other rights need to be understood and weighed in the context of what it means for us all to be a part of a democratic society.