The Criminalisation of Youth-Led Political Dissent in Contemporary Britain.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 08:30
Oral Presentation
Sarah PICKARD, Institut du Monde Anglophone, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, PARIS, France
Successive governments in Britain have intensified their efforts to criminalise traditional and new forms of political dissent in the twenty-first century. Young people have been the major actors in protests on numerous issues using a variety of methods; therefore, they have been particularly affected by governmental changes in the management of political protest.

First, this paper will outline briefly how British governments have made changes to legislation and policing methods regarding protests in recent years. These developments have been characterised by more repressive legislation and a move to greater surveillance and storing of information on searchable databases.

Then, the paper will examine the impact of legislative and policing changes on Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Association and the Right to Protest in relation to youth-led protest and dissent more wildly.

Last, the paper will discuss the legal, political and ethical implications of turning peaceful protests in criminal events and young protesters into criminals.