I was the guest of the Muslim Council of Britain today at its ground-breaking conference in London on “Terrorism and Extremism: how should British Muslims respond?”

Some of the many interesting people I met there asked me for a copy of my short address.  Here it is, as well as I could remember it.

TERRORISM AND EXTREMISM – MCB keynote

The long-awaited judgment in the judicial review proceedings brought by David Miranda will be handed down in London on Wednesday 19 February at 10 am.¬† The case was brought in August, expedited by the High Court and argued over three days in early November.¬† The court (Laws LJ, Ouseley J and Openshaw J) will decide whether the police acted lawfully in detaining Mr Miranda¬†¬†as he made his¬†way through Heathrow Airport carrying a large quantity of classified electronic documents.¬† Read more…

When¬†a Bill reforming the Schedule 7 port powers¬†was introduced back in May, I wondered (after a stormy crossing of the Irish Sea) whether the¬†Government’s modest collection of reforms would enjoy a calm passage.

For a while it did.¬† But six months on, the outlook seems more¬†changeable.¬† Read more…

The Home Affairs Select Committee is currently engaged in a wide-ranging review of Counter-Terrorism.  My contributions to date are:

The Supreme Court has today for the first time interpreted the UK’s notably broad legal definition of terrorism.¬†¬† Mohammed Gul challenged his 2009 terrorism conviction for uploading videos of (among other things) Al-Qaida and Taliban attacks on Coalition forces in Afghanistan.¬† The legal question¬†for the Supreme¬†Court¬†was whether the statutory¬†definition includes military attacks by a non-state armed group in the course of a non-international armed conflict. Read more…