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Top lawyer offers to help Sussex University students facing ban

The Argus: Top lawyer offers to help Sussex University students facing ban Top lawyer offers to help Sussex University students facing ban

One of the world’s leading barristers has stepped in to defend four students who face being thrown out of university.

Geoffrey Robertson QC, who has notably represented Julian Assange, Salman Rushdie and Michael X, is offering his services to four students at the University of Sussex.

They face a disciplinary hearing at the Falmer Campus on Friday following their “persistent disruption” during a string of protests.


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The students were suspended from studies in December – leading to a 9,000-plus signature petition of support and an early day motion in Parliament.

The protests, which date back to early 2013, concern the outsourcing of campus jobs.

Adriano Mérola Marotta, a masters student in Global Political Economy and chairman of the Postgraduate Association at the univesity,  is one of those facing the hearing.

He said: “Senior management are deliberately trying to make us feel unwelcome at an institution which I’ve always called home.

“How are we meant to feel part of a university that punishes students for protesting and excludes the campus community from participating in the decision-making processes?”

Mr Robertson QC is considered one of the most successful human rights barristers of all time.

Ever since qualifying in 1975, he has attracted big cases including that of The Guardian against Neil Hamilton MP, Mike Tyson versus the British Boxing Board of Control and Julian Assange in his extradition hearing from the UK.

He has also represented many news agencies including the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.

He will be joined by fellow QC Paul Bowen in defending the students.

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3:20pm Mon 13 Jan 14

uniteagainstparkingcharges says...

The university is only embarrassing itself further with its decision not to reinstate these students earlier.

Unless the university has evidence that the protesters were involved in activity that was in some away against the rules of the university or broke the law then it should allow the students to return and end this disciplinary action before the university's reputation is damaged any further.
The university is only embarrassing itself further with its decision not to reinstate these students earlier. Unless the university has evidence that the protesters were involved in activity that was in some away against the rules of the university or broke the law then it should allow the students to return and end this disciplinary action before the university's reputation is damaged any further. uniteagainstparkingcharges
  • Score: 14

4:14pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Gabrielquotes says...

More details on the background to this disciplinary action can be found at http://gabrielquotes
.org.uk/2014/01/09/t
wo-day-week/ and – earlier, on the suspensions – http://gabrielquotes
.org.uk/2013/12/05/s
ussex-university-hum
an-rights/
More details on the background to this disciplinary action can be found at http://gabrielquotes .org.uk/2014/01/09/t wo-day-week/ and – earlier, on the suspensions – http://gabrielquotes .org.uk/2013/12/05/s ussex-university-hum an-rights/ Gabrielquotes
  • Score: 0

4:53pm Mon 13 Jan 14

The Prophet of Doom says...

Famous or not, the lawyer will not be providing services for free or out of the kindness of his heart.
Famous or not, the lawyer will not be providing services for free or out of the kindness of his heart. The Prophet of Doom
  • Score: -11

4:55pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Alex92 says...

I think you mean Michael X, not Malcolm X.
I think you mean Michael X, not Malcolm X. Alex92
  • Score: 10

5:45pm Mon 13 Jan 14

rolivan says...

Michael Segalov said that he always thought of the place as Home . Well when I was at Home if I didn't like the way my parents did things then I could jolly well go and fend for myself.
Michael Segalov said that he always thought of the place as Home . Well when I was at Home if I didn't like the way my parents did things then I could jolly well go and fend for myself. rolivan
  • Score: -8

7:43pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

It's all very melodramatic. This student should be on a drama course.
It's all very melodramatic. This student should be on a drama course. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 0

9:30am Tue 14 Jan 14

ThinkBrighton says...

The quality of his clients says it all.
We used to have ambulance chasers, what category does this gentleman fit into.
The quality of his clients says it all. We used to have ambulance chasers, what category does this gentleman fit into. ThinkBrighton
  • Score: -3

12:23pm Tue 14 Jan 14

mtmoocher says...

ThinkBrighton wrote:
The quality of his clients says it all.
We used to have ambulance chasers, what category does this gentleman fit into.
He's the sort that defends your right to make such idiotic statements!
[quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: The quality of his clients says it all. We used to have ambulance chasers, what category does this gentleman fit into.[/p][/quote]He's the sort that defends your right to make such idiotic statements! mtmoocher
  • Score: 6

1:00pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Cave Johnson says...

So he is famous for defending rapists and alleged rapists?
So he is famous for defending rapists and alleged rapists? Cave Johnson
  • Score: -12

4:26pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Gabrielquotes says...

The Prophet of Doom wrote:
Famous or not, the lawyer will not be providing services for free or out of the kindness of his heart.
In fact he is providing services for free. All of the barristers and solicitors representing the students are acting pro bono.
[quote][p][bold]The Prophet of Doom[/bold] wrote: Famous or not, the lawyer will not be providing services for free or out of the kindness of his heart.[/p][/quote]In fact he is providing services for free. All of the barristers and solicitors representing the students are acting pro bono. Gabrielquotes
  • Score: 9

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