- 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 – hopefully 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”.