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Contributors


Contributors


James Robottom is a barrister at 7 Bedford Row. He has particular interests in prison law, sentencing, parole, human rights law and all criminal justice related areas. He is a former visiting tutor in Criminology and Criminal Justice at King’s College London. James first visited Jamaica in order to undertake an internship in death row work in 2002. Since then he has returned to work at the Independent Jamaican Council for Human Rights on several occasions, primarily undertaking work relating to conditions of detention on the island.


Tim Owen QC is a human rights barrister based at Matrix Chambers in London who specialises in administrative and public law, crime, civil liberties, fraud (criminal), police law, confiscation and proceeds of crime. Tim has appeared in more than 40 appeals to the House of Lords/Supreme Court as well as in numerous appeals to the Court of Appeal in both public and criminal law cases, particularly those which raise novel and important human rights issues. He also has extensive experience in miscarriage of justice appeals arising from references by the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Notable cases include R ( James, Lee and Wells) v Sec of State for Justice (2009) in relation to indeterminate public protection (IPP) sentences; the litigation affected some 4,000 IPP prisoners, and Stafford v UK (2002) in the European Court of Human Rights which resulted in the complete judicialisation of the indeterminate sentence in domestic law. Tim Owen is the editor/author of numerous publications including Blackstone’s Criminal Practice 2010 (Oxford University Press, 2010) (Advisory editor); Prison Law, 4th edition (Oxford University Press, 2008), in which Alison Macdonald is a co-author; and Blackstone’s Guide to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Oxford University Press, 2005).


Alison Macdonald is a human rights barrister based at Matrix Chambers in London. Alison specialises in administrative and public law, civil liberties, public international law, crime and police law. She has particular expertise in public law issues arising out of the criminal justice system, and cases with an international law dimension. She has represented death row prisoners in the Caribbean in the Privy Council, including R v Earlin White (2010) (from Belize) which set out guidelines on circumstances in which a discretionary death sentence could be imposed, and Pitman v Te State (2008) (from Trinidad and Tobago) involving the admissibility of fresh evidence relating to the appellant’s mental capacity. Alison regularly lectures on human rights issues, including the right to life and the rights of those in detention, and has participated in the Council of Europe’s human rights training for the Turkish prison service. She recently served on a JUSTICE committee on the future of the Parole Board. Alison has co-authored, with Tim Owen QC, Prison Law, 4th edition (Oxford University Press, 2008) and was a contributing author to Blackstone’s Guide to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Oxford University Press, 2005).


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