Intentional interferences with the person

Rhodes v OPO

Rhodes’ application documents to the Supreme Court.

There was extensive media discussion of the case involving the publication of pianist, James Rhoades’ biography. Here is a selection:

James Rhodes interview: ‘It’s important to say that bad things happen – and we don’t lie about it’ The Guardian, 23 May 2015

You can watch the Supreme Court delivering their judgment here:

Watch James Rhodes talking on Newsnight here:

BBC news, ‘Pianist James Rhodes can publish child abuse memoir’, 20 May 2015:

Case Comment on UKSC blog:

Case Comment on UK Human Rights blog –

Other cases in the news and legal blogs

Judges reject police “kettling” human rights appeal, 15 March 2012 (on Austin v UK [2012])

Robert Wastell, ‘Kettling: Can a public interest motive justify a deprivation of liberty or not?’ UK Human Rights Blog, 2 April 2012 (on Austin v UK [2012])

Louise Christian, ‘This judgment in favour of kettling is a missed opportunity’ The Guardian, 15 March 2012 (on Austin v UK [2012])

BBC News, ‘Eyewitness: Penned in at Oxford Street’, 1 May 2001 (on Austin v UK [2012])

Adam Wagner, ‘Secret foreign nationals detention policy was “serious abuse of power”’, UK Human Rights Blog, 23 March 2011 (on Lumba v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011])

Woman sues British Gas for harassment over repeated letters and bills (Ferguson v British Gas [2009])

Joshua Rozenberg, ‘How British Gas ended up in court for being too heavy-handed with customers’, The Evening Standard, 24 February 2009 (Ferguson v British Gas [2009])

Woman won harassment case against 'bullying bank' (a variation on Ferguson v British Gas)

This report details the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Wainwright v Home Office [2004] and includes a video about how the family were affected by their treatment by the prison authorities.

On the May Day protests in London in 2000/2001, which form the backdrop to Austin v UK

BBC News, ‘Crowds gather for May Day protest’, 1 May 2000 (includes video/audio clips)

BBC News, ‘Violence at May Day protest, 1 May 2000 (includes video/audio clips)

BBC News, ‘Police fear more May Day riots’ 22 February 2001

BBC News, ‘May day violence warning’, 24 April 2001

BBC News, ‘Mayday – Police ready to go’, 1 May 2001

BBC News, ‘Picture gallery: May Day protests’, 2 May 2001

On the Protection from Harassment Act 1997

On the Labour party’s calls in September 2011 for stronger  (criminal) laws on ‘stalking’

Home Office Circular: a change to the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, October 2012

Jail for 7 July victim's stalker

Stalker laws to block activists

The solicitor protestors love to hate

‘Paparazzi and the would-be princess: lawyers cry foul after week of chases’, Paul Lewis, 13 January 2007

A-Z of legislation: Protection from Harassment Act 1997

The Protection from Harassment Act on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour

Emily Finch, (then) Lecturer in Law at Reading University, and Quincy Whittaker, Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers discuss the Protection from Harassment Act

On the Harassment and #MeToo

#MeToo, naming and shaming: a risky business?, 31 October 2017

Martha Chamallas, ‘Will Tort Law Have its #MeToo Moment?’

On the 1980s Miners’ Strike

The Miners’ Strike forms the backdrop to Thomas v National Union of Miners [1986]. This page explains the backdrop and consequences of the strike and includes video footage.


Austin v UK (Appln nos. 39692/09, 40713/09 and 41008/09) (March 2012)

R (on the application of Lumba v Secretary of State for the Home Department) [2011]

Ferguson v British Gas [2009]

Iqbal v Prison Officers Association [2009]

Rhodes v OPO [2015]

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