Delegates boycott Glasgow conference after WikiLeaks founder Assange 'appears'

Fugitive and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange caused senior judges to drop out of a legal conference at the SECC in Glasgow on Wednesday (15 April) when he joined a panel debate via video-link.

WikiLeaks founder Assange appears at Glasgow conference
WikiLeaks founder Assange appears at Glasgow conference

Assange has been hiding in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, fighting extradition to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual assault.

He spoke at a panel session on surveillance and security at the Commonwealth Law Conference via video-link yesterday, alongside chair Jennifer Robinson, a human rights lawyer, and Adriana Edmeades who works for Privacy International.

A number of senior judges boycotted the event in protest at Assange appearing on the panel. These included the most senior judge in Scotland, Lord Gill, and two judges on the supreme court, Lord Neuberger and Lord Hodge.

A spokesperson for the Judicial Office for Scotland said: "The conference programme was changed to include Mr Assange’s participation at short notice and without consultation. Mr Assange is, as a matter of law, currently a fugitive from justice, and it would therefore not be appropriate for judges to be addressed by him.

"Under these circumstances, the Lord president, Lord Gill, and the other Scottish judicial officeholders in attendance have withdrawn from the conference."

The biennial conference had been brought to Glasgow as part of a partnership between the Law Society of Scotland, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC).

More on Glasgow:

Event planners to experience the best of Edinburgh and Glasgow

Ryanair increases services from Berlin with new Glasgow route

Tennent's launches new conferencing facility in Glasgow brewery

• For more breaking news and in-depth features, sign up to C&IT Magazine's daily Newstracker here

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
8 activities in... Mauritius

8 activities in... Mauritius

Home to white sands, rum punch, high-octane water sports and natural wonders.

Government offers £250,000 to boost broadband in conference venues

Government offers £250,000 to boost broadband in conference venues

Conference centres across the UK can apply for new funding to improve broadband and attract more international business.

Why influencers are a big part of Las Vegas' MICE strategy

Why influencers are a big part of Las Vegas' MICE strategy

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's new MICE manager discusses influencers and why hotels within hotels are the latest trend.

In pictures: Hilton Garden Inn opens in Lithuania

In pictures: Hilton Garden Inn opens in Lithuania

The Hilton Garden Inn Vilnius City Centre has events facilities and a rooftop terrace and is the brand's first property in the country.

48 hours in Zagreb

48 hours in Zagreb

A two-day incentive itinerary in the capital of Croatia, from Esplanade Zagreb Hotel to a culinary workshop at Dolac Market.

Brand experience trends from around the world

Brand experience trends from around the world

From borderless marketing campaigns to hyper-personalisation, INVNT's leadership team share their insights.

3 ways event planners can find that creative spark

3 ways event planners can find that creative spark

Artist Phil Hansen, MPI keynote at IMEX America, explains how embracing your limitations can inspire new kinds of creativity.

Case study: KFC's RGM Fest

Case study: KFC's RGM Fest

The fast food giant worked with ITG to give its annual event for general managers a festival theme.

First pictures: Guitar Hotel set to open in Florida

First pictures: Guitar Hotel set to open in Florida

The $1.5 billion expansion of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood opens in October with a 'lagoon' and overwater cabanas.

Experts debate whether agencies should charge for pitching

Experts debate whether agencies should charge for pitching

GOTO Events, DRPG, First Event and Clive discussed pitching strategies and the costs involved in big proposals.

LATEST JOBS