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A number of events which tie in with the subject matter of the project will be organised over the coming months.

We are keen to have input from law practitioners, journalists and policy advisors as well as academics.

For more information, or If you are interested in participating in one of these events or you would like to discuss organising a collaborative event, please contact either Dr McNamara or Sam McIntosh.

Forthcoming events

Conference paper

Dr Lawrence McNamara: The View from the Bench: Judicial Perspectives on Terrorism Cases and the Media

Conference - Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference

Time: 13-14 Sept 2012

Place:- School of Law, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol

Past Events

LTRK Research Training Event

Terrorism and Security Research in the UK: Using and Understanding Legal Resources

Time:- Friday 15 June 2012, 11:00am - 5:30pm

Place:- Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DR

Speakers from academia, NGOs, the media and parliament, and guest speaker David Anderson QC

Download the full programme

Event summary and notes for researchers

Presentation slides:

  • Professor Peter Neumann, The importance of research: contributing to debate and reform - Slides
  • Dr Lawrence McNamara, The research framework: methodology, law and ethics - Slides
  • Judith Townend, Social media: gathering sources, building networks, disseminating research - Slides
  • William Gant, How the media report the courts - Slides
  • Dr Matthew Tariq Wilkinson, The researcher as expert witness and the expert witness as researcher -Slides
  • Dr Basia Spalek, Policing communities - Slides
  • Dr Lawrence McNamara - Interview-based research with the judiciary, government and lawyers - Slides


Dr Lawrence McNamara: Prosecuting Journalists: Terrorism, Security and the Public Interest

Time:- 12.30-2pm, Wednesday 30 May 2012

Place:- rm G.04, School of Law, Foxhill House, University of Reading

See flyer for more information

Conference paper

Dr Lawrence McNamara - Judicial perspectives on terrorism cases and the media (audio from 16:50)

Conference:- Justice Wide Open

Time:- Wednesday, 29 February 2012, 9.00am - 2.00pm

Place:- Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism , City University

Parliamentary hearing

Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Green Paper on Justice and security. Hearing of oral evidence: Tuesday 7 February 2012, 2.40pm.

Recording of Oral evidence to the Inquiry, 7 February 2012 - i. Joshua Rozenberg, Legal correspondent and broadcaster, and Ian Cobain, Investigative reporter, The Guardian; ii. Jan Clements, Editorial Legal Services, The Guardian, and Dr Lawrence McNamara, University of Reading. Uncorrected transcript


Dr Lawrence McNamara - The troubles of telling: journalists' legal obligations to disclose information to the authorities

Time:- Wednesday, 2 February 2011, 4.00 - 5.30pm

Place:-Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism

City University, Drysdale Building,

Room E313 Northampton Square EC1V 0HB

RCUK Global Uncertainties Programme Strategic Plan Consultation

Time:- Monday, 31 January 2011

Place:- RCUK - London, Park Crescent Conference Centre, London

This consultation aims to allow a wide range of stakeholders in policy and practice to discuss future directions for the RCUK Global Uncertainties (GU) Programme taking into consideration developments such as the Comprehensive Spending Review, the new UK National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review. The outcome of this discussion will inform the development of the Global Uncertainties Programme Strategic Plan.

LTRK Poster for RCUK Global Uncertainties Programme Strategic Plan Consultation


Date:- Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Location:- Brunel University's Security, Media and Human Rights Collaborative Research Network. Darwin Room, Hamilton Centre, Brunel University.

'Secrecy, the State and the Media: Disclosing Information about Terrorism to the Authorities'. Dr Lawrence McNamara, School of Law, University of Reading; Professor Javaid Rehman, Brunel Law School; Professor Julian Petley (Chair), School of Arts


University of Melbourne Law School
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
Malleson Stephen Jaques, Sydney
Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Dr Lawrence McNamara - Secrecy, security and the media: how counter-terrorism laws affect media reporting in Australia and the UK

Centre for Media and Communications Law

This seminar explores preliminary findings of research into how the media is affected by laws that govern how information about terrorism is obtained and conveyed to the public. Drawing on interviews with journalists and lawyers in Australia and Britain, Dr Lawrence McNamara will consider the relationship between security, secrecy and democratic traditions of media freedom. Not only legislation is important, but also the practices of government, police and other state agencies.


10 March 2010

Professor Ian Cram, University of Leeds - The War on Possession: Criminalizing the Holding of Information under Counter-Terrorism Laws

School of Law, University of Reading

Ian Cram ( is Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Leeds and the author of Terror and the War on Dissent - Freedom of Expression in the Age of Al-Qaeda (Springer, 2009)


30 November 2009

Dr Lawrence McNamara - Media Freedom and The Right to Know: The Effects of Counter-Terrorism Laws and Cultures

Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University, for the seminar series 'Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Communication and Governance'; Presenter Dr Lawrence McNamara,. Details can be found at The University of Oxford's Centre for Socio-Legal Studies website.

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