The Information Law and Policy Centre at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, in collaboration with the Media Society, is pleased to announce this exciting panel event, featuring Kate Allen, Director, Amnesty International UK, Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, Former Attorney General, Ewen MacAskill, Defence and Intelligence Correspondent, The Guardian, and Jessica Simor QC, Barrister, Matrix Chambers.
Whose Investigatory Power Is It Anyway?
Security, Source Protection and Surveillance
Monday October 19th 6.30 for 7pm
Reed Smith LLP
The Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London EC2A 2RS
David Anderson QC’s long-awaited review of surveillance law recommends legislative overhaul, including a stronger role for the judiciary, and the government has promised to “modernise” the law on communications data with a new Investigatory Powers Bill. But will the government get the balance right? What are the likely effects if some, all or none of the Anderson recommendations are followed? What are the implications for journalism and freedom of expression? How would Anderson’s recommendations affect national security and efforts to prevent terrorism? And do they address reasonable concerns about privacy rights? Meanwhile, the row continues over the NSA leaks, with whistle-blower Edward Snowden characterised as both hero and villain in the media. This special Media Society event with leading journalists, politicians and campaigners will look at the tense and complex debates within and between UK intelligence agencies, government departments and media organisations, asking who should have what investigatory powers.
- Kate Allen, Director, Amnesty International UK
- Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, Former Attorney General
- Ewen MacAskill, Defence and Intelligence Correspondent, The Guardian
- Jessica Simor QC, Barrister, Matrix Chambers
- Dr Judith Townend, Director, Information Law and Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London
With grateful thanks to our host Reed Smith LLP
Students – £5.00, Media Society Members – £10.00, Guests – £15.00.