The anti-Global Law Summit movement is ratcheting up - as shown by this piece in the Guardian and shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan's announcement that he won't attend (see tweet) - and there are good arguments to be made against it. But this has been in the planning for a long time now and any serious campaign should have started ages ago if it was going to make a real difference.
Let's face it - justice campaigners saying they're going to boycott it isn't going to make that much of a difference because they weren't really invited anyway!
Rumours abound that the tickets (top price £1,750 for three days) are being offered at very big discounts, and it wouldn't be a surprise if it wasn't sold out. Given the amount of sponsorship on board already, I don't see how these prices are remotely justifiable.
Shami Chakrabarti, the director of Liberty, who had been due to speak at the summit on privacy issues, has pulled out. She told the Guardian: “This event has been promoted by a government which has decimated access to justice. As a human rights campaigner, my place is with the protesters.”