He is feared and hated in many parts of the world. Those facts make it less likely that any case against him will be evaluated carefully and dispassionately.

This case shows how important it is for human rights to protect members of unpopular minorities, and how valuable it can be to have a judicial rather than political process for that purpose.

Professor David Feldman

Law in Focus is a collection of short videos featuring academics from the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Law, addressing legal issues in current affairs and the news.

There has been a great deal of controversy surrounding judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in relation to the attempted deportation to Jordan of radical cleric Abu Qatada, and the decision to oblige the UK to give convicted prisoners the right to vote.

In the first video in the series, Professor David Feldman discusses the judgements of the European Court, and the corresponding actions by UK courts and the UK Government.

Professor Feldman is Rouse Ball Professor of English Law, Honorary Bencher of Lincoln's Inn, and Fellow of the British Academy. He has acted as advisor to a number of Government Joint Select Committees, and was Judge of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina 2002-10.

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