'Whatever happened to Due Process?'
College's Law Society was very privileged to host Mr Jonathan Caplan QC, a barrister from 5 Paper Buildings, London, to talk on the topic of public and private life in the 21st century. Mr Caplan specialises in media law, civil fraud, criminal law and public enquiries, often acting for film and television companies, newspapers and celebrities. Mr Caplan is also a Bencher for Gray's Inn and a former Chairman for the Public Affairs Committee.
Initially, Mr Caplan began by discussing with us what it was meant by the term 'Due Process' and how the rise of social media has seen a pendulum swing to public trials. We later had a hall-wide discussion that included precedent-setting cases, with the topic of conversation ranging from the #MeToo movement to whether ISIS bride Shamima Begum should be able to keep her British citizenship.
Overall, this was a fascinating and thought-provoking seminar. Hopefully, it has inspired and stimulated much discussion, not just about the law but also politics, ethics and current affairs.