Investigatory powers bill
Posted on 15/03/2016
11 members of The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London are among 200 'senior lawyers' to publish a letter in today’s Guardian. Professors Ben Bowling, Tanya Aplin, Keith Ewing, Satvinder Juss, Aileen McColgan, and faculty members Dr Fergal Davis, Perry Keller, Estelle Marks, Dr Cian Murphy, Dr Eva Pils, and Natasha Simonsen, were among signatories led by Sir Stephen Sedley, former Court of Appeal judge.
The letter, under the co-ordination of Dr Cian Murphy at King’s, calls on Parliament to ensure that any future Investigatory Powers Act is in compliance with international standards set down by the EU Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. It comes as the House of Commons prepares to give the Bill its second reading today amidst much controversy over its extensive surveillance powers and oversight mechanisms.
The letter follows a series of events at the School on the Investigatory Powers Bill, including a Roundtable with JUSTICE, a workshop with the Oxford Internet Institute, and a seminar at the House of Lords hosted by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC. A plenary panel of the International Association of Constitutional Law Conference, Accountability for Transnational Counter-terrorism Legislation, saw Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, David Anderson QC, discuss the Bill with Michael Drury CMG (former Director for Legal Affairs at GCHQ), and Matthew Ryder QC.
Simonsen and Murphy have written extensively on the draft law for the UK Human Rights Blog, and also gave evidence to Parliament's Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill, cited in the Committee’s report earlier this year.