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“Changing Times, Changing Treason?" A Lecture by the New Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation
This speech will reflect on whether the UK’s treason law needs to be updated to address the phenomenon of Foreign Terrorist Fighters who are British citizens or residents, and question whether the law properly allows for the trial and punishment of a person who fights for Daesh against the interests of their own country.
This talk responds to a recent proposal to fundamentally change the old law of treason to allow Foreign Terrorist Fighters to be sentenced to life imprisonment for a new offence of treason.
Jonathan Hall QC will also discuss how he plans to approach his role as Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation.
Jonathan Hall QC was appointed by the Home Secretary in May 2019 as the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation in succession to Max Hill QC. He is a barrister in independent practice with specialisms in policing, national security, extradition, international serious fraud and asset recovery. In recent years he has acted in high profile cases such as the first Unexplained Wealth Order cases, the ongoing Undercover Policing Inquiry, the recovery of assets stolen by General Abacha, the 7/7 Brecon Beacon Inquest, the Thompson and Venables injunction breaches, and claims against the intelligence services.