The right to protest: register for an online panel event with expert speakers

The right to protest has been the subject of recent legislation in the UK and is much in the news. Join us on 24th January at 5pm-6.30pm to hear from a panel of expert and distinguished speakers discuss the right to protest and what it means today.

Whether you are a law undergraduate seeking inspiration for the ILBF’s essay competition, or a practitioner or policy adviser, this free panel event will be a rare opportunity to hear from some of the most experienced and well-regarded practitioners and organisations in the field.  It will be thought provoking, insightful and timely.

Moderator: James Harper, General Counsel of Global Nexis Solutions, part of LexisNexis


Kirsty Brimelow KC, Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers

Kirsty has in depth practitioner expertise in criminal law and also in public law and international human rights law. She has particular expertise in homicide, fraud, sexual offences, drugs and torture cases, child rights and vulnerable witness cases and the law of peaceful protest. Kirsty is the only KC to have represented protestors in both the civil and criminal Court of Appeal; establishing legal precedent.

Raj Chada, Partner at Hodge Jones & Allen

Raj is the Head of the Criminal Defence, Financial Crime and Regulatory Department at Hodge Jones & Allen. He is one of the country’s leading criminal lawyers with expertise in serious and complex crime, public order and financial crime.

Akiko Hart, Director of Liberty

Akiko was previously CEO of NSUN, the National Survivor User Network, and previous roles include Director of Mental Health Europe. She has a background in rights-based campaigning and policy work in racial justice, criminal justice, and mental health, and has written widely on these issues.

Tyrone Steele, Interim Legal Director at JUSTICE

Tyrone works on a range of issues to make the system fairer and more accessible, including the right to protest. He is the author of JUSTICE’s landmark report, ‘The State We’re In: Addressing Threats & Challenges to the Rule of Law’ (September 2023), and has led its responses to a range of Bills, including the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 and the Public Order Act 2023.

After the panel discussion, there will be a Q&A.

Register for the event here.

All details of how to enter the ILBF’s law undergraduate essay competition are here.