Umar Azmeh Speaks On Sentencing In House Of Lords Webinar (Video)

Published date23 July 2021
Subject MatterGovernment, Public Sector, Terrorism, Homeland Security & Defence
Law FirmBCL Solicitors LLP
AuthorMr Umar Azmeh

BCL associate Umar Azmeh spoke at a cross-party webinar for peers in the House of Lords on sentencing, hosted by the Right Reverend Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester and Anglican Bishop for HM Prisons in England and Wales.

The webinar was organised to coincide with the passage of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021 through Parliament, and Umar was invited to speak on terrorism sentencing as part of an expert panel that included:

  • Sir John Saunders (former High Court Judge and Vice Chairman of the Parole Board of England and Wales from 2016-2020).
  • Professor Andrew Ashworth QC (Vinerian Professor of English Law at the University of Oxford from 1997-2013).
  • HH Peter Rook QC (former Senior Circuit Judge at the Central Criminal Court and Vice Chairman of the Parole Board).
  • Chris Fry (Independent Member of the Parole Board).

Umar discussed the trajectory of terrorism sentencing legislation in the wake of terrorist attacks in 2019 and 2020, including the Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Act 2020 ('TORER 2020') and the Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Act 2021 ('CTSA 2021'), two pieces of legislation that completely revamped the entire terrorism...

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