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

Human rights and the future of surveillance

I spoke on this subject to the Human Rights Law Association on 25 October, at a meeting held to consider the effect of the 13 September 2018 Big Brother Watch judgment of the first section of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.  My slides, which focussed on the utility and lawfulness of bulk investigatory powers (sometimes referred [...]

By |2019-03-13T12:14:20+00:00October 26th, 2018|Blog, Law, Security|Comments Off on Human rights and the future of surveillance

CJEU judgment in Watson/Tele2

This post, composed immediately after judgment was handed down in this important case on 21 December 2016, encapsulates my reaction to it.   Its possible implications for the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, for the other “bulk powers” used by UK intelligence agencies and others, for the developing case law of the European Court of Human Rights and [...]

By |2017-07-26T11:16:50+00:00April 11th, 2017|Blog, KEEPING, Security|Comments Off on CJEU judgment in Watson/Tele2
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