Centre for Legal Research - Annual Lecture 2009

Issue date: 27 April 2009


Keir Starmer QC 'Prosecution in the 21st Century– challenges and opportunities'

Centre for Legal Research - Annual Lecture 2009
Tuesday 28 April 2009
The Watershed, Bristol

Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) will be giving the Bristol Law School's Centre for Legal Research 2009 Annual Lecture. In one of his first public lectures since he was appointed Director of Public Prosecutions in November 2008, Keir will be speaking on 'Prosecution in the 21st century – challenges and opportunities'.

The DPP is head of the Crown Prosecution Service and has responsibility for making prosecution decisions in complex and sensitive cases and for advising the police on criminal matters.

Professor Ed Cape, Director of the Centre for Legal Research at UWE, Bristol said: “Since his appointment as Director of Public Prosecutions in November 2008 Keir Starmer has had to make a number of high profile decisions, including whether anyone should be prosecuted in the Damian Green affair, and in the Daniel James assisted suicide case. It is a privilege to welcome him to present our annual lecture this year.”

Keir Starmer is a noted human rights barrister. He was named as Human Rights Lawyer of the Year in 2001 and as QC of the Year in Human Rights and Public Law in 2007. The author of several books, and Visiting Fellow at Essex University, he has conducted many cases before the House of Lords, the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter American Court of Human Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.

The Annual Lecture series aims to bring the leading thinkers in the legal professions to the University of the West of England for the benefit of students, staff and the public. For more information on Bristol Law School see: http://bls.uwe.ac.uk/

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