Article 5 - For Prison Law Practitioners

Guidance and key case law regarding Article 5 for prison law practitioners

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Course Overview

Article 5 of the Human Rights Act concerns the right to liberty and security and focuses on protecting an individual’s freedom from unreasonable detention. In short, individuals have a right to personal freedom and must not be imprisoned or detained without good reason.

During this 15-minute session prison law expert Dean Kingham of Swain & Co will predominately discuss Article 5 (4), the key section for prison law practitioners, and will offer guidance on how to utilise this section when challenging prison detention.

Consideration will be given to the right to compensation under Article 5 (5); Dean will explore the impact of the breakthrough case of Osborn, Booth and Reilly, namely the increase in oral hearings and the subsequent delay in these hearings being held due insufficient parole board personnel recruitment.   

In addition, Dean will discuss some interesting case law from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) relating to Article 5:
•  HL v United Kingdom (45508/99) – The informal admission to a psychiatric hospital of a compliant but incapacitated adult breached Article 5
•  Steven Neary v LB Hillingdon [2011] - By keeping Stephen away from his home, Hillingdon breached Article 8 and Article 5(1)
•  S., V. and A. v. Denmark (35553) - Detention of football supporters for approximately eight hours without charge, with a view to preventing violence
•  Ilnseher v Germany (10211/2012) - Preventative detention of a murderer
•  Alpay v Turkey (16538/17) - State of emergency posed a significant challenge to the safeguarding of fundamental rights and civil liberties with the defendant’s pre-trial detention breaching Articles 5, 10 and 18

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge
  • This course provides 0.25 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Understand the grounds on which someone can and cannot be deprived of their liberty
  • • Be aware of the procedural safeguards for Article 5
  • • Have considered examples of how Article 5 can be used in practise with reference to case law from the ECHR
  • • Feel confident when handling prison law cases involving Article 5

What is the target audience?

  • Prison law practitioners of all levels including paralegals, trainees and qualified solicitors



About Instructor - Dean Kingham

Dean is Head of the Prison law, Crime and Public Law department at Swain Solicitors.

Having represented some of the most high profile prisoners in recent years, Dean was listed in the 2015 Legal 500 directory which described him as a ‘specialist in parole’. Dean is a current committee member for the Association of Prison Lawyers and sits on the Parole Board user group and Parole Standards Board.

In addition, Dean has assisted FASO (False Allegation Support Organisation), has close links with JENGBA (Joint Enterprise Not Guilty By Association) and is a member of Justice, the Law reform and human rights organisation.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    3 Page


  • Quiz