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 |2019-03-28T02:21:37+00:00March 28th, 2019|Blog, Brexit, Featured, Law|0 Comments

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 |2019-03-20T11:52:55+00:00March 20th, 2019|Blog, Featured, Law, Security|0 Comments

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 |2019-03-16T12:31:53+00:00March 16th, 2019|Blog, Brexit, Featured, Law|0 Comments

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 |2019-03-16T12:06:04+00:00March 12th, 2019|Blog, Brexit, Featured, 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

Who Governs the Internet?

Counsel, the magazine of the Bar of England and Wales, has published my article on the subject of internet content regulation. When I submitted the original version, just before the Cambridge Analytica revelations in March, the piece seemed quite daring.  By the time of publication, it was beginning to look more orthodox.  But the issues are [...]

By |2019-03-11T10:20:54+00:00April 24th, 2018|Blog, Featured, Law, Security|0 Comments

Shades of Independent Review

This new working paper, Shades of Independent Review (draft updated April 2018) is the sequel to a 2014 article (reproduced by kind permission of Public Law) on the responsibilities and influence of the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation (IRTL). The latest paper concentrates on changes to the functions of the IRTL in 2015, and on the potential influence of specially-commissioned reports [...]

By |2018-04-25T10:46:29+00:00December 6th, 2017|Blog, Featured, Security|0 Comments

Lawyers in the Age of Trump

I had the great honour of giving the annual address at the annual Suffolk Justice Service in Bury St Edmunds Cathedral on 12 March 2017 - at the conclusion of my final term as Independent Reviewer, and just a few days before the attack in Westminster presaged the UK's worst year for terrorism since 2005.  The two previous addresses, by Supreme Court [...]

By |2018-04-26T13:13:22+00:00April 11th, 2017|Blog, Featured, Law|0 Comments