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Blog 2017-04-26T16:02:47+00:00

Blog Articles

Intelligence handling and the recent terrorist attacks

After many years of relative failure, this spring has seen terrorists mount vile and contemptible attacks at Westminster Bridge, Manchester Arena, London Bridge and Finsbury Park.  I have been asked, by letter from the Home Secretary of 28 June, to provide [...]

Not for wimps: the pragmatic case for human rights

Internationally recognised human rights standards are an essential benchmark for anyone who seeks an informed view on the laws governing terrorism, surveillance and extremism. But contrary to the belief propagated by some, those standards do not amount to unrealistic aspirations, dreamed [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Law, Security|Tags: , , |

Terrorism, Surveillance and Extremism

This is not a blog post as such, but a compilation.  I thought it might be useful to link to what I have had to say in the past six years or so on counter-terrorism, surveillance and countering extremism. Counter-Terrorism [...]

Purdah – Lifting the Veil

During this General Election campaign there have been several disputes over the application of pre-election purdah - ironically, a practice that was specifically designed to avoid imbroiling the Civil Service in controversy. My own last report as Independent Reviewer, on Deportation [...]

By | June 6th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Law, Media|Tags: , , , , |

Brexit: the security dimension

My article about Brexit and Security ("Terrorism: the EU picture") has just been published in Counsel Magazine.  In summary: The leadership role in the EU exercised by the UK in matters relating to security (in particular [...]

By | April 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Brexit, KEEPING, Law, Security|Tags: , , , , , , , |