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The workshop took place on 25th March. 

Workshop on Policing and Human Rights

Dr Stephen Skinner recently convened a workshop at Doughty Street Chambers in London entitled ‘Lethal Force, Policing and the ECHR: McCann and Others v UK at Twenty’. 

The workshop focused on the significance and influence of the 1995 McCann judgment of the European Court of Human Rights, which was a truly landmark case in the Court’s interpretation and application of the right to life under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The workshop included contributions from Sir Keir Starmer QC and Jonathan Cooper, both human rights barristers at Doughty Street Chambers; Daniel Machover, a partner at Hickman and Rose Solicitors and an expert in police shooting cases; John Wadham, former director of Liberty and the Independent Police Complaints Commission; Detective Chief Superintendent Brian Dillon of the Metropolitan Police Service CO19 armed response unit; Deputy Chief Constable Simon Chesterman, the National Lead for Armed Policing; Tanja Rakusic-Hadzic, Head of the Council of Europe’s Criminal Law Co-Operation Unit; and Dr Stephen Skinner of Exeter’s Centre for European Legal Studies.

The event was attended by around forty barristers, solicitors, academics, police officers and members of NGOs. Successfully bringing together a wide range of perspectives, the workshop produced some robust discussions and provided the forum for valuable interactions among different stakeholders in the sphere of policing and human rights.


Date: 2 April 2015

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