Law of Public Order and Protest

Law of Public Order and Protest

By (author) HHJ. Peter Thornton , By (author) Ruth Brander , By (author) Richard Thomas , By (author) David Rhodes , By (author) Mike Schwarz , By (author) Edward Rees

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The landscape of public order law has changed dramatically over the last decade. A wide range of legislation - including the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 and the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 has been enacted, and established legislation on trespass, criminal damage and the use of the highway, has been put to new use in the criminalisation of protestors. The Law of Public Order and Protest provides a systematic, in-depth analysis of the law relating to public order and the right to protest. The text provides a comprehensive guide to the area, analysing the underlying legal principles and constitutional and human rights background, as well as guiding readers through all procedural matters, the use of police powers, evidential issues, defences, and available orders (including ASBOs). The narrative also analyses the case law in both the domestic and European human rights context. The comprehensive work examines all offences brought in by statute since the Public Order Act 1986 as well as the remaining common law offences. It features offences from riot and affray, through to picketing, harassment, aggravated trespass, incitement to racial and religious hatred, and possession offences. It is up to date with the latest legislative interventions, including the new offence of glorifying terrorism, and measures introduced under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005. This new work steers you through the maze of legislation in this complex area.

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  • Hardback | 528 pages
  • 178 x 248 x 36mm | 1,020.58g
  • 07 Jun 2010
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford
  • English
  • 9th ed.
  • 0199566143
  • 9780199566143
  • 1,343,052

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Edward Rees QC is a leading criminal law specialist at Doughty Street Chambers. He has appeared in numerous public order and protest cases over many years; ranging from the Bristol St Paul's riot trial, the Orgreave Miners' riot trial and the Broadwater Farm riot trial (R v Silcott) in the 1980's through to the present day and R v Ayliffe (Greenpeace 'Barry Thirteen') in 2005 and R v Olditch and Pritchard (RAF Fairford trespass) in 2007. He is an Honorary Fellow in Criminal Process at the University of Kent. He co-authors the Blackstone's Guide to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (3rd edition, OUP, March 2008) and contributes annual chapters of Blackstone's Criminal Practice.

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...an excellent book... Practitioners will appreciate the benefits of comprehensive coverage in a single source. Owen Greenhall, Socialist Lawyer You're not a lawyer? Don't worry. You'll find this readable and scholarly volume a topical and fascinating read. If you are a lawyer, run out and buy this book. You never know in this turbulent age of protest and dissent, when you're going to need it.

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