Summing up

I have almost 10 months (and three reports) still to go in post.  But this short article from the May 2016 edition of Counsel, published today:

  • takes a personal look at more than¬†five years spent¬†reviewing the terrorism laws,
  • comments on the transition from QC to Independent Reviewer, and
  • makes some general points about the threat and our response – including in Europe.

One purpose of the article is to encourage potential successors to come forward when the job is advertised Рhopefully within the next couple of months.  The ad will appear in mainstream and legal media, and I will tweet it @terrorwatchdog, or you can register for notification when the Cabinet Office announces the vacancy.

For the past 30 years,¬†Independent Reviewers have been practising QCs.¬†¬†But (though I¬†haven’t seen the job description), I¬†feel sure this will not be a¬†requirement.

The article is based on a speech given at the recent annual dinner of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.  It is reproduced by kind permission of Lexis Nexis and of Counsel (which circulated it anyway).


A¬†full-length version of the piece was delivered as the Graham¬†Turnbull Lecture to the Law Society on 21 April, and has now been published on their website under the title “Terrorism and the Law”.