In his latest ‘Crime Brief’ column for the New Law Journal, David Walbank KC analyses the never-ending conflict between competing ECHR rights, played out against a backdrop of major public policy considerations such as national security, public health and the scourge of male violence against women.
Leigh v Metropolitan Police Commissioner  1 WLR 3141 and Attorney General v British Broadcasting Corporation  4 WLR 74 were both decided in the context of the ongoing debate about society’s attitude to misogyny, sexist violence and coercive control.
Leigh related to the efforts to organise a vigil on Clapham Common in the week following the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard by a serving police officer. In AG v BBC, the Attorney applied for an injunction to prevent the broadcast of a programme about a man who was said to have exploited his position as an informant to MI5 to carry out a campaign of physical and psychological abuse against two different female partners.
For the full article, see [New Law Journal]