Moving the House of Lords

This is my contribution to the consultation on the future siting of the House of Lords. Future site of the HL My theme is that four challenges - Covid-inspired virtual working, mounting public debt, negative public perceptions and uncertainty over the future size of the House - have resulted in a single great opportunity: to [...]

By |2020-08-10T15:03:56+00:00August 1st, 2020|Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Moving the House of Lords

Can we be forced to stay at home?

We are advised to stay at home these days, probably for good reason.  But as of this afternoon, that advice became a legally binding rule.  The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 were issued and took effect at 1pm today.  They will lapse if Parliament has not approved them by mid-May. But in the [...]

By |2020-06-01T10:18:11+00:00March 26th, 2020|Blog, Featured, Law|Comments Off on Can we be forced to stay at home?

Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill

This Bill, prompted by recent atrocities in Fishmongers' Hall and Streatham, has been introduced with the objective - which I support - of ensuring that terrorist offenders with determinate sentences are not automatically released before the end of their custodial term.  The Parole Board must first have a chance to examine whether they pose a [...]

By |2020-03-30T15:59:30+00:00February 21st, 2020|Blog, Law, Security|Comments Off on Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill

A Valediction, Forbidding Mourning

Ian Forrester, a Scottish QC who long practised law in Brussels, served as a Judge of the General Court of the European Union from 2015 to 2020. He delivered this farewell speech in the Court on 6 February.  Both moving and informative, it contains Ian's reflections on Britain (and Scotland) in and out of Europe, [...]

By |2020-03-30T15:59:37+00:00February 14th, 2020|Blog, Brexit, Featured, Law|Comments Off on A Valediction, Forbidding Mourning

Taming the Wild West

I gave a lecture last night at Clifford Chance in London on "Taming the Wild West: Government and the Internet". It touches on a number of currently contested areas of law and policy ranging from state surveillance and "surveillance capitalism"  to online harms, antitrust and the corporation as courthouse. If the lecture were a website, [...]

By |2020-03-30T15:59:44+00:00November 15th, 2019|Blog, Featured, Law, Security|Comments Off on Taming the Wild West

Article 50 Extension and the European Elections

The Prime Minister reported to the House of Commons last week that any further extension of the Article 50 notification period “would certainly mean participation in the European parliamentary elections”.  I think she is wrong as a matter of law, and with five distinguished EU law experts (on whom, see further here), have written an [...]

By |2020-03-30T15:59:59+00:00March 28th, 2019|Blog, Brexit, Law|Comments Off on Article 50 Extension and the European Elections

Extremism and the Law

Extremism and the Law was the subject of my Middle Temple Treasurer's Lecture on Monday evening.  It was attended by a wonderfully diverse crowd, ranging from Supreme Court Justices to East London sixth-formers who had got to hear about it through The Big Voice, a legal outreach charity. The lecture is framed by the experience [...]

By |2020-03-30T16:00:05+00:00March 20th, 2019|Blog, Featured, Law, Security|Comments Off on Extremism and the Law

Can the Backstop be Beaten? (Part 2)

Here is a further Opinion on the legal effects of the Prime Minister's Brexit deal.  A sequel to the one published on Tuesday, it addresses the novel suggestion - attributed this week to the Attorney General - that the UK could pull out of the Northern Ireland Backstop either unilaterally, via Article 62 of the Vienna [...]

By |2020-03-30T16:00:12+00:00March 16th, 2019|Blog, Brexit, Law|Comments Off on Can the Backstop be Beaten? (Part 2)

Can the Backstop be Beaten? (Part 1)

I was asked to advise the People's Vote Campaign, with Jason Coppel QC and Sean Aughey of 11 King's Bench Walk, on the legal effect of the package of measures announced by the Government and the EU on the late evening of Monday 11 March. In our Opinion, produced overnight, we concluded: It is crystal [...]

By |2019-11-15T10:38:20+00:00March 12th, 2019|Blog, Brexit, Law|Comments Off on Can the Backstop be Beaten? (Part 1)

Reporting Terrorism

This is the text of a lecture I delivered to journalism students and others at the University of Essex on 11 February 2019.  Among the issues covered are the appearance vs the reality of terrorism in the West, and some of the dilemmas facing journalists as both investigators and reporters of terrorism.  It finishes with a short discussion of [...]

By |2019-03-13T12:14:08+00:00March 1st, 2019|Blog, Featured, Law, Media, Security|Comments Off on Reporting Terrorism
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