February 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Cornerstone Barristers
2-3 Gray's Inn Square

McCann – 25 years on – Reflection and Review on the Right to Life and Lethal Force, the Rule of Law and Democracy


6.15 pm Wednesday 12 February 2020

(Registration from 6.00pm with a reception to follow)

Cornerstone Barristers, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square, London, WC1R 5JH


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2020 marks 25 years since the ECtHR judgment in McCann. The qualified protection of the Right to Life under Article 2 of the ECHR and the use of lethal force continue to present the ECHR as ‘a living instrument’ expressing ‘Convention’ values – democracy and the Rule of Law. This is particularly so regarding the procedural limb of Article 2. But the development of and reaction to the jurisprudence of Article 2 also raises profound questions about democracy.

This event will be an opportunity to reflect and review 25 years after McCann.


Introduction:  Christopher Stanley (Litigation Consultant, KRW LAW LLP)[1]


Chair: Ashley Underwood QC, Cornerstone Barristers (Counsel to the Robert Hamill Inquiry and to the Azelle Rodney Inquiry and Mark Duggan Inquest)




Associate Professor Stephen Skinner, University of Exeter (Author of Lethal Force, The Right to Life and the ECHR (2019)

Lisa Giovannetti QC, 39 Essex Chambers (Has advised and represented the Government in a number of cases concerning investigative obligations under Articles 2 and 3 ECHR)

Barra McGrory QC, Bar Library Belfast, Doughty Street Chambers (Former DDP  for Northern Ireland; represented the families of the victims of the Gibraltar Shootings 1988 at the ECtHR)

Adam Straw, Doughty Street Chambers (Counsel in the deaths of Mark Duggan, Alexander Litvinenko, Anthony Grainger, Jean Charles de Menezes)






[1] Kevin Winters, Senior Partner of KRW LAW LLP, was the instructing solicitor attending the Gibraltar Shooting inquests in 1988 when apprenticed to Pat Finucane at Madden and Finucane, Belfast.


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We are tremendously grateful to our hosts at Cornerstone Barristers for their support of this event