This year’s Sir Christopher Staughton Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Max Hill QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, and will take place at the University of Hertfordshire on Wednesday 14 March, 2018, 18.00 – 19.00.
During the lecture Max will reflect upon his first year in office and explain the issues affecting terrorism legislation in the UK.
As the Independent Reviewer, Max leads the way in initiating the national and international discussion about terrorism and national security. His work requires a focus on the balance between the right of citizens to live, and business to operate, free of state interference, and the need for society to protect itself from any real risk to national security.
Most recently Max has delivered his first annual report, reviewing 2016 which saw the terrorism-related murder of Jo Cox MP, and is awaiting the imminent publication of the parliament report into the Westminster Bridge Attack. In the coming year he will be reacting to the implementation of any counter terrorism bill and creating further legislative reports reviewing individual attacks, such as the recent one at Finsbury park.
Max Hill QC comments: 'There has never been a more important time to balance the need for scrutiny against the fundamental rights for all. In light of the appalling atrocities that are taking place on our streets we need to ensure that we have the right legislative tools at our disposal.'
Penny Carey, Dean of Hertfordshire Law School, said: “Max Hill QC is one of the country’s leading criminal law barristers and we are extremely pleased and honoured to welcome him back to the Hertfordshire Law School, to give the second annual Sir Christopher Staughton Memorial Lecture.'
'The lecture will see Mr Hill QC reflect on the first year in his current role as the country’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, and will no doubt provide a fascinating insight into his work and the challenges of protecting the country from terrorist attacks. The lecture’s subject, which impacts on all society, will be of interest to those with and without a background in law and we look forward to welcoming people from our surrounding community to this event.'
In 2017 Hertfordshire Law School launched a flagship lecture series named in memory of the distinguished commercial law judge, Sir Christopher Staughton. The Sir Christopher Staughton Memorial Lecture is the pinnacle of Hertfordshire Law School’s public law lecture series.
Past lectures have discussed topics including: the future of the legal profession, human rights, privacy and freedom of expression, and constitutional reform. These free lectures are open to the public, current students, alumni and University staff. They are regularly attended by members of the legal profession, providing excellent networking opportunities.