Carl Gardner

What a Fix-Up! My e-book on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act

May 6, 2015

What a Fix-Up! is my new e-book about the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011: what it says, its place in the constitution, the different ways it can be read, and how politicians might use and abuse it in the 2015 Parliament. What a Fix-Up! gives a quick guide to the constitution (with a clear explanation of who’s appointed PM in […]

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April 22, 2015

RightsInfo is a new website devoted to information about and advocacy for human rights. It’s the brainchild of Adam Wagner, the barrister and founder the the UK Human Rights Blog; and has a considerable team behind it. It tells us what human rights do for us, and tackles the 14 worst human rights myths. Over the next […]

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Ed can enter No. 10 without Nicola’s keys

April 19, 2015

This election looks a close-run thing – very close run indeed. As I write, polls and forecasts suggest strongly that no party’s going to get near a majority. There’s a lot of talk about what could happen after May 7th. And an idea’s beginning to take hold that, in a hung Parliament, Ed Miliband would […]

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The Prince Charles letters judgment – in a few sentences

March 26, 2015

For a while I’ve wondered if it might be helpful to summarise key Supreme Court and other major judgments in a few sentences. So I thought I’d have a go at it as an experiment, while I’m gathering my fuller thoughts on today’s Supreme Court judgment. Here, then, is my effort at a bite-sized summary […]

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Anonymity for rape suspects: my piece for Independent Voices

March 20, 2015

Today the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee published a report following its short inquiry into police bail. As part of that report the committee recommended that, just as those who say they’ve been the victim of a sexual offence enjoy anonymity, the same right to anonymity should also apply to the person accused of the crime, unless […]

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Britain’s got its way on prisoners’ votes – so why withdraw from the ECHR?

February 11, 2015

In yesterday’s judgment on 1,015 “legacy” applications, the European Court of Human Rights ruled once again that the legislative bar on prisoners’ voting breaches article 3 of the first protocol to the European Convention. That result was predictable given the Court’s case law on votes for prisoners. But more importantly, the Court awarded none of these […]

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John Cooper QC on the Global Law Summit: “By going there, we are tacitly endorsing what Grayling is doing”

January 26, 2015

The Criminal Bar Association’s acceptance of an invitation to speak at the government’s Global Law Summit next month is “pandering” to the Lord Chancellor’s “political opportunism”, John Cooper QC said today in an interview for this website. going to this jamboree in my opinion is copping out said the leading criminal barrister. We should not […]

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Dominic Grieve: I am not a lone voice crying in the wilderness

December 4, 2014

The Conservative debate on human rights is “very far from over”, Dominic Grieve told an audience of lawyers last night, as he strongly criticised his party’s recent policy paper – saying he was not sure a key aspect of it “was really intended as a serious proposal”. There are “plenty” of Conservative supporters of human rights, […]

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The PM’s “foreign fighters” plan: probably lawful

November 14, 2014

Overnight in Australia, the Prime Minister announced new counter-terrorism powers which he intends to introduce in a bill in the next few weeks. He said there’d be New powers for police at ports to seize passports, to stop suspects travelling and to stop British nationals returning to the UK unless they do so on our […]

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Grieve: Counter-terrorism measures “probably getting to the right place”

November 14, 2014

The former Attorney General Dominic Grieve appeared on Radio 4’s World at One Today to discuss the government’s new plan to “regulate” the return to the UK of those who, for instance, have gone to Syria to fight for the “Islamic State”. Grieve said his impression was that the new proposals – announced by the […]

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