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Length:
30 minutes of audio
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In this two-part podcast series Tom Wainwright, a criminal barrister from Garden Court Chambers and lead author of ‘The Protest Handbook’ discusses the law and tactical considerations that arise when representing protesters. Protesting is a legal right and a core part of our democracy; but because of their public nature, protests are subject to a number of restrictions under both civil and criminal law. This area of law has never been more topical, we need only look to the student protests, the London riots and the various Occupy movements to appreciate the fine line that individuals and the state have to tread. It is therefore imperative that protestors and the legal practitioners advising them are aware of their legal rights and the risks they face.

Outcomes:
After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the ways in which the State is able to exercise control over protests;
  • Have considered some of the most common issues that protestors face, including whether you are obliged to give your name and address to the police, the issue of whether you are required to remove facial coverings, whether it is lawful to photograph a police officer and the law surrounding the controversial tactic of kettling;
  • Understand some of the most fundamental procedures and legal requirements that must be met for the police to be able to stop, search and seize items from protestors lawfully;
  • Be aware of some of the most common offences relating to protests and demonstrations.
Level:
General Interest Difficulty: 2 of 5
Classification:
Legal Principles
Market Update / Hot Topic
Practical Guide
Sources and References:
  • The Protest Handbook (Bloomsbury Professional, 2012);
  • Austin v Others v UK (2012);
  • Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994;
  • Police Reform Act 2002;
  • Public Order 1986;
  • R (on the application of Singh) v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police [2006] EWCA Civ 1118 (28 July 2006);
  • R (Wood) v Metropolitan Police Commissioner [2009] EWCA Civ 414.
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In this two part podcast series Tom Wainwright, a criminal barrister from Garden Court Chambers and lead author of ‘The Protest Handbook’ discusses the law relating to public protests.

Date recorded: 11th July 2012

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