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Closed Courts and Open Justice
‘The government was planning to restrict the right to open justice and nobody seemed to care—until the Daily Mail weighed in’
'The Lord Chief Justice paused, looked up at the glassy-eyed MPs and peers, and said: "If this is difficult, believe me, I am finding it so too".'
A Free Press Means to Publish and be Damned
Our most cherished liberty is up for grabs at the Leveson inquiry, but it cannot be entrusted to a new tribunal to muzzle newspapers
‘Britain has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reform the European Court of Human Rights’
Hearing The Hackers
'Leveson recognises that there needs to be a public discussion of when, in journalism, the end can be regarded as justifying the means'
Not So Private Lives
‘The Fred Goodwin case raised an important question — when is it in the public interest to disclose the fact of a sexual relationship?’
A Lawful Killing?
‘If the law books say it’s never lawful to kill tyrants, it’s the books that need changing, not Western policy’
War on Terror
Obama's decision to prosecute Khaled Sheik Mohammed in Guantanamo Bay shows even he believes in the efficacy of its military court
'The new Bill is not quite the guarantee of safe passage that Israelis with military backgrounds were hoping for'
‘Christian campaign groups should direct their criticism to the politicians who make law rather than to the judges who enforce it’
The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”
The king of cakes
"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
A tripod in the sky
The view from above