Here is an excellent Cambridge Law in Focus video by my colleague Nicola Padfield on the recent judgment of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Vinter v UK. The Court held that the imposition of “whole life tariffs”, under which a prisoner serving a life sentence can be denied any possibility of release on licence, breaches Article 3 ECHR which (among other things) prohibits inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. (Contrary to many media reports, the Court did not hold that imprisonment for life is necessarily a breach of Article 3: merely that there must be a review mechanism.) The video can be viewed above, or here on the Faculty of Law website.
Public Law for Everyone is written by Mark Elliott. Mark is Professor of Public Law and Chair of the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He also served, from 2015 to 2019, as Legal Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. Mark can be found on Twitter as @ProfMarkElliott. Many of his research papers can be downloaded via his SSRN author page. Views set out on this blog are expressed in a purely personal capacity.
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