Birmingham City Council “anti-protest” injunction, some legal issues – Hugh Tomlinson QC

1 06 2019

On Friday 31 May 2019, the Vacation Judge, Moulder J granted Birmingham City Council a without notice injunction [pdf] to restrain “persons unknown” from organising protests against the teaching of equalities outside Anderton Park Primary School and making “offensive or abusive comments” on social media. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Mătăsaru v Moldova, Activist’s conviction for hooliganism over ‘obscene’ protest violated Article 10 – Ronan Ó Fathaigh and Dirk Voorhoof

26 01 2019

On 15 January 2019, in Mătăsaru v. the Republic of Moldova ([2019] ECHR 35) the Court of Human Rights, Second Section unanimously found that an anti-corruption activist’s conviction for staging an “obscene” demonstration outside a prosecutor’s office, targeting a number of public officials, violated the activist’s freedom of expression. Read the rest of this entry »





The Dangerous Implications of the “Naked Rambler” Case: On FEMEN Activists and Throwing Paint on Atatürk Statues – Stijn Smet

21 11 2014

Femen PutinOn 28 October 2014, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the numerous convictions of Mr. Stephen Peter Gough – better known as “the naked rambler” – for insisting on appearing naked in public at all times, did not violate Mr. Gough’s freedom of expression. Read the rest of this entry »