5th December 2005

 

TALK ON CIVIL LIBERTIES VERSUS HUMAN RIGHTS

 

The protection of civil liberties in the wake of the Government’s controversial Terrorism Bill will be examined in a talk at the University of Lincoln on Wednesday 7th December.

 

In his paper entitled ‘Police Powers and Human Rights in the Context of Terrorism’ Richard Stone, Professor of Law and Head of the Department of Law at the university, will look at the modifications of police powers in the context of terrorist threats and the measures which are needed to safeguard human rights.

 

The main focus of his comments is on the law of the United Kingdom, but the issue is considered within a broader European context, looking at the influence of both the Council of Europe and the European Union. 

 

The paper considers how terrorism is defined and the responses to Irish terrorism and international terrorism.

 

The effects of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 are evaluated, and the difficult balance to be struck between ‘security’ and ‘liberty’ is analysed.

 

Amongst his previous positions Professor Stone was Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Leicester, Dean of Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University, and Principal of the Inns of Court School of Law.

 

He has been teaching and writing about issues of civil liberties and human rights for over 30 years.

 

His recent publications include ‘The Law of Entry, Search, and Seizure’ and ‘Textbook on Civil Liberties and Human Rights’.

 

The talk which is part of the Jean Monnet Research Seminar series will be held in the Cargill Lecture Theatre on Wednesday 5th December at 3pm. Refreshments will be served in the main atrium building from 2.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

 

For more information contact:

Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886244

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