In February 2017 the Law Commission published a consultation paper entitled ‘The Protection of Official Data’, which suggests ways to improve the law around the protection of official information. The aim of this paper is to ensure that relevant legislation, including the Officials Secrets Acts, is keeping pace with the challenges of the 21st century.
In his lecture, Professor Ormerod will discuss the content of the consultation paper and explain the rationale behind some of its key provisional conclusions.
Professor David Ormerod QC is Law Commissioner for Criminal Law and Evidence at the Law Commission. He is on secondment from University College London where he currently holds the post of Professor of Criminal Justice. He is a Barrister (door tenant) in the Chambers of Max Hill QC at 18 Red Lion Court and a Bencher of Middle Temple. David is the author of numerous articles and books including Smith and Hogan’s Criminal Law, and is the Editor in Chief of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice, the Criminal Law Review and Halsbury’s Law of England (Criminal Law, Criminal Evidence and Procedure). He writes and lectures regularly for the Judicial College in England and Wales, and for the legal profession in various jurisdictions. In 2010, he assisted the Judicial Studies Board in drafting the Crown Court Bench Book and in 2016 co-authored the new Compendium Benchbook for the judiciary. He is also a member of the Criminal Justice Council, the Advocacy Training Council and the Education Committee of the Criminal Bar Association of England and Wales. In 2013, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel (Honoris Causa).
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