New Publication: ‘Justice Wide Open’ Working Papers – Judith Townend

20 06 2012

The real “democratic deficit” in the courts is about limited public access not “unelected judges“, Adam Wagner, a barrister at One Crown Office Row, argued on the UK Human Rights Blog at the weekend, challenging a recent political and media narrative.

In his view, the internet age necessitates “a completely new understanding of the old adage ‘Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done‘”. Read the rest of this entry »





The special status of the press in election laws – Jacob Rowbottom

20 06 2012

In his evidence to the Leveson Inquiry last week, Sir John Major put his finger on one of the central difficulties raised by the political role of the British press. When discussing Rupert Murdoch, he said:

‘I think the sheer scale of the influence he is believed to have, whether he exercises it or not, is an unattractive facet in British national life, and it does seem to me an oddity that in a nation which prides itself on one man, one vote, we should have one man who can’t vote with a large collection of newspapers and a large share of the electronic media outlet.Read the rest of this entry »