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Investigatory Powers Bill scrutinised for human rights compliance

27 April 2016

The Joint Committee on Human Rights scrutinises the Investigatory Powers Bill for human rights compliance.


Wednesday, 27 April 2016, Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 3.15pm

  • Michael Drury CMG, Partner, BurtonCopeland
  • Professor Martin Scheinin, Director of "Surveille" research project at European University Institute and expert witness on bulk surveillance before the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament
  • Professor Iain Cameron, Member of Venice Commission on Democracy through Law and author of its influential 2015 Report on the subject

Purpose of the session

The session explores what international human rights law standards for surveillance powers require and whether the Bill meets those standards.


The Government published a draft bill on the operation and regulation of the investigatory powers used by the police and the intelligence and security agencies on 4 November 2015.

The provisions of the draft bill were considered and the revised bill was subsequently published on 1 March 2016.

Useful briefings

Further information

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