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Webinar: Obstructing the right to protest v. the right to obstructive protest

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This panel discussion addresses the recent important Supreme Court judgment in Director of Public Prosecutions v. Ziegler [2021] UKSC 23 and its implications for protest law and the criminalisation of protest.

The Supreme Court judgment makes clear that protests that are deliberately obstructive are not per se unlawful, even where their impact on others is more than minimal. It stands as an important reaffirmation of the right to protest in the face of attempts by the Government to curtail further this fundamental right, including through the proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which passed its third reading in the House of Commons on 5 July.

The panel, chaired by Professor Conor Gearty QC, will comprise Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh and Raj Chada who represented the Appellants in Ziegler; Henrietta Cullinan, one of the Appellants in the case; Gracie Bradley, Interim Director of Liberty, and Lord Alf Dubs, a member of Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights, whose recent report concludes that the restrictions on the right to protest in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill are inconsistent with human rights.