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Richard Clayton QC intervenes before Strasbourg Grand Chamber in important access to information case.


Richard Clayton QC




The Strasbourg court has now allowed Richard to intervene before it in a ground breaking case, which arose out of Richard’s appearance before the Supreme Court in Kennedy v Charity Commission.

In 2015 in Kennedy the Supreme Court decided that Article 10 of the European Convention did not confer a right of access to information, declining to follow numerous decisions of the European Court of Human Rights that Article 10 created this right- unless their approach was confirmed by Strasbourg’s highest court, the Grand Chamber.

Richard was originally permitted to intervene in Kennedy v United Kingdom. However, in May 2015 the Strasbourg Court referred this issue to the Grand Chamber in Magyar Helsinki v Hungary. Richard has intervened to argue that Article 10 establishes a right to information on behalf of the Media Legal Defence Initiative, the Campaign for Freedom of Information, ARTICLE 19, the Bulgarian Access to Information Programme and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union.

The Grand Chamber will hear the case in October 2015.


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