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About Tim Otty

Tim Otty QC is an expert in public law and civil liberties. He is a member of Blackstone Chambers and in 2008 won the Liberty / Justice Human Rights Lawyer of the Year award. He is a member of the Foreign Secretary's Human Rights Advisory Group.

Articles by Tim Otty

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The slow creep of complacency and the soul of English justice

The government’s Justice and Security Green Paper and its plans to allow English courts to hold secret hearings is a threat to the basic principle of justice: the right to a fair and open trial. Tim Otty QC sets out his observations on the proposals, showing their potential to cause profound damage to the values Parliament is bound to protect.

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