Emma Norton

Emma Norton
Liberty
Head of Legal Casework

Emma manages our legal casework and undertakes a variety of human rights test cases across a range of areas.

She's one of our leading voices on soldiers’ rights, acting for three of the Deepcut families and the family of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement. Emma also conducts much of Liberty’s surveillance litigation and represents a number of women who have been the victim of sexual crime and let down by the criminal justice system.

Emma is a qualified solicitor and has a background in prison law, mental health law and immigration detention work. She also sits on the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society.

Articles by Emma Norton

State sanctioned abuse

Yesterday in the High Court some extraordinarily brave women were told that their human rights claims against the Metropolitan Police will have to be heard in the secretive Investigatory Powers Tribunal. These women were all the subject of undercover policing that involved sexual encounters with police officers - in many cases these encounters became long term intimate relationships. The exposure of this police tactic has caused enormous embarrassment to the Met - hence their eagerness to have the claims heard in secret, without the women being allowed to hear the evidence and without a right of appeal. Thankfully the High Court yesterday ordered that other important parts of the claims could remain in the open High Court.

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Security without humanity

If a nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members, then the case of Liberty client "FGP" should be serious cause for concern. FGP was detained in an immigration detention centre pending his removal from the UK. During his detention he developed severe abdominal pains and had to be rushed to hospital, where he was admitted for almost nine days. FGP was not a criminal. He was not a risk to the public.

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‘There is no gag like terror, is there, gentlemen?’

After a bloody civil war, Creon, King of Thebes, directs that the body of his nephew Polynices, leader of one of the warring factions, be left to rot in the street. This, he believes, will be a warning to those who would rise up against the State. Antigone, Polynices’ sister, vows to bury her dead brother even though she knows that in doing so, her punishment will be death.

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Happy Mother's Day

Liberty wishes all members and supporters a happy Mothering Sunday this weekend. But if you’re enjoying time with loved ones, do spare a thought for three other mums for whom the day will be overshadowed. For Eileen Clark, Janis Sharp and Julia O’Dwyer, our rotten extradition system is taking its toll.

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This isn't fair - this isn't justice

The plights of Eileen Clark and Christopher Tappin are two further terrifying reminders of the dangers of lopsided instant extradition.

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Finally, equal protection for all vulnerable psychiatric patients

One of the biggest concerns for anyone who loves or cares for someone with a mental illness must surely be the fear that if and when their loved one asks for help, help might not be there. That at the time when their loved one most needs to be kept safe, those whose job it is to keep them safe, may let them down.

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Slavery law Liberty lobbied for in action

Incredibly, up until April last year it wasn’t actually a criminal offence in this country to hold another person in slavery or servitude. Thanks in part to lobbying by Liberty, such modern day slavery was finally outlawed, with a new offence brought into English law through the Coroners and Justice Act 2009. This week, in London, we saw one of the first convictions under this new legislation that we campaigned so hard for.

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Tackling the problem, not fanning the flames

A country can be judged by how it responds to a crisis. Riots across England have filled our TV screens with terrible images of violence and criminality and damaged communities have rightly demanded answers about the strategy of the authorities.

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Keeping the lines open

Earlier this year, Liberty received a flurry of concerned calls from welfare groups and advocates working with people in immigration detention. Without consultation, all detainees at one immigration detention centre, Tinsley House, had their mobile phones confiscated.

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How the Human Rights Act delivered justice for the Bryant family

This week the jury returned its verdict following a six-week inquest into the death of Naomi Bryant. The jury found that a shocking catalogue of failings, by every agency involved, had directly contributed to Naomi’s death. It was a remarkable conclusion to a long-running, distressing ordeal.

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