Dominic Grieve QC is to take up a new role teaching law at Goldsmiths, University of London.
The former attorney general for England and Wales will be a visiting professor on a new qualifying law degree from the provider.
The new LLB Law with Politics and Human Rights at Goldsmiths enables students to obtain their LLB while also studying politics, “with a focus on modern threats to democracy and human rights, and the interactions between law and politics required to effectively counter these threats at the local, national, and global level.”
“The different national approaches over the laws and regulations needed to tackle Covid-19 highlight the practical difficulties of balancing the needs of states for information and control with the privacy and civil liberties of individuals,” said Mr Grieve.
“As with previous debates around anti-terror legislation, quarantining, compulsory face coverings and the sharing of personal data through contact tracing apps raise questions to which there are no easy answers.
“It was therefore a particular pleasure to be offered at this time a visiting professorship at Goldsmiths with its long history of radical thinking.
“I am very much looking forward to joining its innovative new law programme and discussing this and a wide range of other issues with Goldsmiths students at a time when understanding the impact of legal and political decisions on the rights of the individual has never been more important.”
His appointment could not have come at a better time, when our society is confronted with unprecedented ethical life-and-death dilemmas and we need to put the right to human dignity first – Professor Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos
Professor Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos, head of Goldsmiths’ law department, said: “At a time when critics, in the wider ideological sphere of Conservative thinkers and politicians, increasingly attack law – and human rights – for invading the space occupied by politics, it is invaluable to be able to rely on the expertise of the former attorney general, whose political career exemplifies a constant pursuit of the symbiosis required between law and politics, and human rights.
“Dominic Grieve’s work has attracted admiration across the legal world and political spectrum, and not just in the UK, including for his efforts to balance civil liberties and human rights with the interest of the state, while honouring our international human rights obligations, particularly those stemming from the much-maligned European Convention on Human Rights.
“His appointment could not have come at a better time, when our society is confronted with unprecedented ethical life-and-death dilemmas and we need to put the right to human dignity first.”
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