Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Legal Heavyweights on Hacking of MPs mobile phones

After Andy Coulson's resignation last week in relation to the scandal that MPs (and other 'celebrities') had their phones hacked into - the matter is being considered today before the Standards & Privileges Committee.

The witnesses are due to be -

Professor A W Bradley - a leading academic on Constitutional Law. Students will recognise him from the textbook known as "Wade & Bradley" - a popular textbook on UK Constitutional & Administrative Law

Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC - a widely acclaimed human rights lawyer, who is also a Liberal Democrat Peer. He was named in The Times Law 100 2009 listing the most influential lawyers in Britain - with the comment that he is a “leading public and constitutional lawyer, is still changing the law and pushing the boundaries of reform”.

Rt Hon Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead - was a Law Lord, sitting on the House of Lords Judicial Committee, then the highest court in England (Now replaced by the Supreme Court). He is responsible for many of the leading judgements - and in the Pinochet case wrote in his judgement "International law has made plain that certain types of conduct, including torture and hostage-taking, are not acceptable conduct on the part of anyone. This applies as much to heads of state, or even more so, as it does to everyone else. The contrary conclusion would make a mockery of international law."
Location: The Grimond Room, Portcullis House