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Annual Grotius Dinner 2016 Responding to Terrorism

Date: 21st March 2016

Time: 19:40 - 22:00

Venue: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, LONDON, WC2A 1PL

Event Details

Time: 19:40-22:00 (Dinner served at 20:00)

Venue: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

Click here to view David Anderson QC reflecting on his role as the UK's Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation.


  • David Anderson QC, Brick Court Chambers and Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation


  • Andrea Coomber, Director of JUSTICE and a Trustee of BIICL

Join us for our Annual Grotius Dinner. The dinner completes an informative evening, which begins with the Annual Grotius Lecture, delivered by distinguished speaker, The Rt Hon Lady Justice Arden.

We are delighted to welcome David Anderson QC, Brick Court Chambers and Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation as the speaker for the Grotius Dinner. The title of the lecture will be 'Responding to Terrorism'.

David's speech will touch on the UK's response to the terrorist threat, drawing on his personal observations as Independent Reviewer.

The dinner will be chaired by Andrea Coomber, Director of JUSTICE and a Trustee of BIICL. The dinner will include the presentation of the 'Supporter of the Year' Award. Established in 2012, the Award recognises major support given to the Institute by an organisation or individual.

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Speakers bios

David Anderson Q.C

David Anderson Q.C. practises from Brick Court Chambers, largely in the fields of EU law, public law and human rights. He is also a visiting Professor at King's College London, Editor of the Oxford EU Law series, a former trustee of BIICL and a member of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey.

Since 2011 David has served as the UK's Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. In that part-time capacity he is given extensive access to classified material and tasked by statute to report annually on the operation of the UK's anti-terrorism laws. He reads, travels and consults as widely as possible. His reports are referred to in the courts, in Parliament and in the media. They aim to inform the public debate on terrorism and civil liberties.

David was additionally tasked by the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 to review the operation and regulation of investigatory powers. His report, "A Question of Trust", was a basis for the current Investigatory Powers Bill. At the Home Secretary's request he is currently reviewing deportation with assurances and the deprivation of citizenship.

All David's reports, with the Government's responses to them, are available on his website. David can also be followed on twitter @terrorwatchdog.

Andrea Coomber

Andrea Coomber has been Director of JUSTICE since February 2013.

Between 2002 and 2013 she was Equality Lawyer and then Legal Director at INTERIGHTS (the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights) where she litigated key cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. Before joining INTERIGHTS, she worked at the International Service for Human Rights in Geneva and at the South Asia Documentation Centre in New Delhi. She is qualified as a barrister and solicitor in Australia.

Andrea has a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Western Australia and an LLM (Dist.) from the London School of Economics, where she was awarded the Rosalyn Higgins Prize for topping public international law. She sits on the litigation advisory panels of a number of international human rights organisations and lectures regularly on international litigation and equality law. She is a trustee of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and of BAILII (British and Irish Legal Information Institute). Andrea is an Honorary Master of the Bench of Middle Temple.


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