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Surveillance versus Privacy

The speaker will consider the tensions between surveillance as means of safeguarding security and the Human Right to privacy. He will look at this tension through the lens of morality and of the rule of law, starting with a consideration of the ways in which surveillance both influences society and is influenced by public perceptions. He will then analyse the approach of the European Court of Human Rights both with respect to privacy in general and Professional Privilege in particular and will draw comparison with the approach taken in the US and other jurisdictions. He will seek to set his observations in a broader International Security context before returning to a revisiting of the moral issues set out at the start of his lecture.

Iain G Mitchell QC is a member of both the Scottish and English Bars. He is the Chairman of The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) working party on Surveillance and a member of the IT Committee of the CCBE. He serves also on the Working Party on Legal Professional Privilege and Surveillance and on the IT Panel of the Bar Council of England and Wales. He is also Chairman of the Scottish Society for Computers and Law.

The talk will be chaired by Andrew Dolan who works as a security consultant and researcher, with a focus on designing and executing simulation exercises. Andrew has worked with an interagency group based at the UK Defence Academy, where he was director of projects on counter terrorism, the European Commission in Brussels, the Office of the Special Advisor to the NATO Secretary General, and prior to that he served 12 years in the British Army.

Attendance is free, but donations of £5 are invited.

The talks is held in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy Centre and the Catholic Students Union.