Prison litigation and terrorism in Northern Ireland

Date & time
6–7pm Thursday 13 March 2014
Moot Court, ANU College of Law, Building 5, Fellows Rd, The Australian National University
Professor Gordon Anthony, Queens University Belfast


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This workshop will consider the case of a non-UK national who had been living in Northern Ireland for more than forty years and was practicising as a lawyer when convicted of terror related offences. It will examine the legal difficulties he faced while in prison given the nature of his conviction; how proceedings were framed to challenge his designation as a terrorist; and how his immigration status became a complicating consideration. It will also touch upon the practical limits to legal aid in Northern Ireland, particularly where the issues that arise in one case are also raised in other proceedings.

Gordon Anthony is Professor of Public Law in the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast. Professor Anthony is a member of the Conseil’ d’Orientation de la Chaire Mutations de l’Action Publique et du Droit Public, Sciences Po, of the European Group of Public Law, Athens, Greece, where is he is Director of the Academy of European Public Law. Professor Anthony’s main research interests are in the areas of judicial review, public authority liability, and the relationship between UK law and European law. His authored books include Judicial Review in Northern Ireland, Values in Global Administrative Law and, as co-editor, Judges, Transition and Human Rights: Essays in Memory of Stephen Livingstone. He has recently published a report on ‘Models for Prosecutions, Truth and Amnesties in Northern Ireland’.

Professor Anthony’s visit has been made possible by a grant from the ANU Student Extracurricular Enrichment Fund.

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