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Black Lives Matter Event Series – Part 4: Criminalising Youth

Wednesday 28 April 2021

The Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team bring you a series of online events on 'Black Lives Matter – challenging racist stereotypes in the justice system'.

Winners of the Legal 500 Crime Set of the Year, Garden Court Chambers is one of the leading criminal defence barristers' chambers in the UK. 

Book your place below to receive joining details for the whole event series. If you signed up to Part 1, 2 or 3 you will receive joining details automatically for Part 4.

Date: Wednesday 28 April 2021
Time: 5pm - 6:30pm
Venue: Online  
Cost: Free
Areas of Law: Criminal Defence

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This webinar will bring together experts to discuss the complex interaction between school exclusion, social care and criminal justice. We will looking at what can be done to stop the criminalisation of our youth. This is a joint webinar with Just for Kids Law and will be chaired by our Susan Wright. Speakers to be confirmed.

The Event Series

Summer 2020 saw a call to action. The Black Lives Matter movement has demanded immediate and radical changes that are needed to address the violent and institutionalised racism embedded in the justice system and policing worldwide. 

During September and October 2020, the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team held a series of webinars entitled ‘Drill Music, Gangs and Prosecutions – Challenging Racist Stereotypes in the Criminal Justice System'. The panels featured community activists and non-legal academics, contributing real insight and lived experience, inspiring us to bring about real change. The recordings have been watched by over 1500 people.

The fight for racial justice is rooted in collaborative action; we want to build on this, push the boundaries, and educate ourselves in how we can initiate tangible and equitable change in the criminal justice system.

The current Garden Court Chambers Black Lives Matter event series features Garden Court counsel and explores issues that range from the American experience of how the state uses Rap lyrics and videos to prosecute serious crime, school exclusions, the Black Lives Matter protests, unlawful searches, deportation and in-depth analysis of racism in the justice system.

Event Series (further details to be announced) 

Part 1 - How the US and UK state criminalise Rap and how to combat it
5pm-6:30pm, Wednesday 20 January 2021
An international event where we were joined by US academics, experts, attorneys, and UK Counsel: a historic first. We considered, shared, and discussed tactics on how to combat the state’s use of rap lyrics in prosecuting serious crime asking questions about both intention and subsequent consequences. Should the UK adopt the pre-trial proactive campaigning style sometimes used by defence attorneys in the US? How do we encourage more people who actually know about the reality of Rap to step up and become experts? What happens in capital cases and how do you deal with the pressure?

Part 2 - Gang Mythologies and Deportation
5pm-6.30pm, Wednesday 3 February 2021
Our panel of speakers explored how the Home Office uses evidence in failed prosecutions, and so called “intelligence” gathered through policing and monitoring of alleged gang activity, as a basis for deportation in what they call Operation Nexus. Our panel includes Greg Ó Ceallaigh of Garden Court Chambers, Dr Alpa Parmar, Associate Director of Border Criminologies at the University of Oxford, Maria Brul, Senior Advocacy Coordinator at Detention Action and Joan Martin, Family's for Justice Campaigner. The webinar was chaired by our Joint Head of Chambers Stephanie Harrison QC.

Part 3 - How to understand and confront racism in the justice system
5pm-6.30pm, Wednesday 3 March 2021
Dexter Dias QC, joined by Keir Monteith QC and Danielle Manson, of Garden Court Chambers presented an in-depth analysis of racism in the justice system. Dexter Dias QC broadcast a TEDx Talk in 2020 entitled 'Racism thrives on silence - speak up!', which received well over 1 million views, this webinar discussed further the issues he raises in this TEDx talk, namely it exposed toxic myths about race, in order to allow hope, change and justice to flourish. This webinar was chaired by Judy Khan QC of Garden Court Chambers.

Part 5 - Defending Black Lives Matter protests 
5pm-6.30pm, Tuesday 18 May 2021
Following the Garden Court Chambers webinar series on protest law in June/July 2020, we will be focusing on the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests of summer 2020. Black Protest Legal Support, a group of Legal Observers set up to support BLM activists and protesters, reported a worrying return to dangerous and racially motivated policing tactics at these protests. These include accounts of horses charging at protesters, kettling of crowds (during a pandemic), and violence against protesters and legal observers. We will explore how to fight racist policing and protect the right to protest. Presented and organised by Fatima Jichi and Zehrah Hasan of Garden Court Chambers, both founding members of Black Protest Legal Support.

Part 6 - ‘I smell Cannabis’ 
5pm-6.30pm, Thursday 27 May 2021
This event will explore how we might combat evidence from unlawful searches. Audrey Cherryl Mogan of Garden Court Chambers and other speakers will investigate how the US judicial system is responding to arguments to stop unlawful search trials in their tracks. Could UK judges be persuaded to follow the US example? 

Book your place below to receive joining details for the whole event series. If you signed up to Part 1, 2 or 3 you will receive joining details automatically for Part 4.

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