Enemy combatants and Guantanamo: “The case of Omar Khadr” discussed by Brunel Politics’ student Emily Cairnes

Omar Khadr was captured during the war in Afghanistan in 2002, suspected of throwing a grenade that fatally wounded American soldier Christopher Speer. At the time of his capture he was 15 years old. He confessed to the murder and has been detained at Guantanamo Bay (GMTO) ever since. However, he confessed after being subjected to physical torture and threatened with rape and death. He was held at GTMO for eight years before being charged with a murder that there is no evidence he committed. In fact, the war crime he was charged with is not a war crime at all, and the court he was tried in has been declared illegal twice by the US Supreme Court. After pleading guilty in October 2010, he received an eight year sentence. It is for these reasons that the case of Omar Khadr deserves our attention. Continue reading

NEED LAW WORK EXPERIENCE? Southwark Law Centre – looking for volunteers

Southwark Law Centre, based in Peckham, is interested in recruiting volunteers for one or two days a week.

Law Centres are not-for-profit legal practices providing free legal advice and representation to disadvantaged people. To find out more about what they do take a look at www.lawcentres.org.uk/

To find out more about the work at Southwark, see southwarklawcentre.org.uk/

and if you are interested please email Flozel Webley for an application pack: Flozel.Webley@southwarklawcentre.org.uk

Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB) – experience for law students

There are over 21,500 volunteers involved in the Citizens Advice service, performing a wide range of roles.

Attention all law students: If you train as a CAB adviser, you can get up to six months off your solicitor training contracts!

If you are interested in volunteering, fill out your details on the enquiry form and your chosen Citizens Advice Bureau will contact you to discuss available opportunities.

If you have questions about CAB volunteering see our Volunteering FAQs


“I get a real feeling of satisfaction from making a difference, especially for people less able to stand up for their rights.” Sheila, Stretford CAB

Without our trained volunteer advisers we could not continue to meet the demand for advice. Our generalist advice service looks at a client’s situation holistically as opposed to looking at their problems in isolation from one another. Advisers are given free training, both formal and on-the-job. As a CAB adviser you would:

  • interview clients
  • help them negotiate with people such as creditors or service providers
  • draft letters
  • make phone calls on their behalf
  • refer them to other agencies
  • represent them in court and at tribunals.

human rights of prisoners – volunteer opportunities

Reprieve uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, worldwide.

Clive Stafford Smith, founder and director has been awarded the Judges’ Special Beacon Prize for Outstanding Philanthropic Achievement 2010 – a prize described by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown as the ‘Nobel Prize of the charity world’.

Reprieve recruits volunteers – see reprieve for more information.