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Terrorism and civil liberties

Rabinder Singh QC and Professor Martin Loughlin, LSE, debate the issues surrounding terrorism and civil liberties in a public event at the London School of Economics and Political Science on Wednesday 26 October.

The world has been thrown into turmoil with the threat of terrorism becoming a global phenomenon. Governments worldwide have responded to this by enacting anti-terrorist laws, which seek to uphold public safety at the cost of infringing on our individual civil liberties and human rights.

Nowhere is this tension more evident than in our own backyard in Britain, where followed by the recent bombings in London in July, the government has put forward proposals to implement more stringent laws to counter terrorism in the name of national security.

There has been an outcry from human rights groups, political parties, the press and various others to such proposals, which they view as a further erosion of the fundamental principles of freedom of speech and liberty in a democratic society. The way forward is through dialogue and debate and this forum affords another opportunity to discuss and hear the points of view of two eminent speakers on this hotly-debated topic, that touches the lives of each and every one of us.

Rabinder Singh QC practises at Matrix chambers, specialising in public law and human rights and is a visiting professor at LSE. He acted for Liberty in the case concerning Belmarsh detainees and recently represented Iraqi families in a case concerning the applicability of the European Convention on Human Rights to occupied areas. He is the author of The Future of Human Rights in the UK.

Martin Loughlin is professor of public law at LSE and the author of The Idea of Public Law and The Ten Tenets of Sovereignty.

Michael Smyth, who will chair this discussion, leads the public law practice at Clifford Chance and is author of Business and the Human Rights Act. He has overall responsibility for the firm's pro bono activities including the representation of prisoners at Guatanamo Bay.

Terrorism and Civil Liberties is on Wednesday 26 October at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all, however tickets are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


To request a press seat, please contact Nat Holtham, Alumni Events and Reunions Manager, by email on n.holtham@lse.ac.uk| or by phone on 020 7955 6756 


This event has been generously sponsored by Clifford Chance.

14 October 2005