Fifty years after it was first signed by the members of the Council of Europe, the European Convention on Human Rights has become part of British law.
Nobody knows exactly what effect it will have. But few people doubt that British society will ever be the same again as individuals learn how to challenge the state in their own courts.
Click on the pictures to learn more about how the Human Rights Act could effect you and your family in every sphere of your lives
In a special week-long series, BBC News Online will explain what the Human Rights Act means to you. You can also listen to the special BBC Radio 4 documentary below.