Protest, Pandemic and Proportionality

Tuesday 16 June 2020

Garden Court Chambers welcomes you to a series of webinars on protest rights brought to you by protest law barristers from our crime and civil liberties teams.

Please click on this link to download the presentation slides.

Date: Tuesday 16 June 2020
Time: 3pm - 4:30pm
Venue: Zoom  
Cost: Free
Areas of Law: Protest Rights , Protest Rights , Protest Rights , Criminal Defence , Civil Liberties and Human Rights

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This webinar considered the tensions between the coronavirus regulations and the right to protest:

  • Is it possible to legally and effectively protest under the current restrictions?
  • Does the subject matter of the demonstration make a difference?
  • How are the criminal courts likely to approach the issue?

It then considered more generally the legal boundaries of the rights to protest, assemble and take direct action – including a look at the most recent case law from the European Court on Human Rights.

This webinar is likely to be of interest to protesters and defence practitioners and was part of a series of webinars on protest law. See here.


Stephanie Harrison QC, Barrister & Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers (Call: 1991, Silk: 2001) (Chair)
Tom Wainwright, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers (Call: 2003)
Thalia Maragh, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers (Call: 2009)


Please see a recording of the webinar below.

Webinars in this series:

Know your rights: Kettles and facial recognition (23 June 2020)
Justification Defences: Direct action and freedom of expression (30 June 2020)
Trial Issues in Protest Cases (7 July 2020)
Protest Injunctions and Contempt of Court (14 July 2020)

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