Julian Assange: from the UK Supreme Court to The Simpsons

1 February 2012 by

The Julian Assange circus rolls back into London today for the UK Supreme Court’s 2-day hearing of his appeal against extradition. It will be broadcast on Supreme Court live from 10:30am.

The Wikileaks founder was granted permission in November 2011 to appeal to the Supreme Court under Section 32 of the Extradition Act 2003. If he loses, unless he brings a claim at the European Court of Human Rights, he will have to face charges of sexual assault and rape in Sweden.

In other news, Assange will almost certainly be the first Supreme Court appellant to appear on The Simpsons less than three weeks after his hearing (well, perhaps apart from this appeal). He is featuring in an episode on February 19th.

Information for anyone hoping to attend the hearing is here and my summary post of November’s High Court ruling is here. See also the UK Supreme Court Blog’s excellent post previewing the hearing.

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5 comments


  1. cidermaker says:

    Somewhere along the line I fear the rights of the alleged victims to justice are being lost.

  2. Yes, but that legal point isn’t contested any more – the only outstanding point is whether the Swedish prosecutor is a judicial authority for the purposes of the European Arrest Warrant Framework Decision.

    1. Adam Wagner says:

      Thanks Carl, even better point. I’m really enjoying Dinah Rose QC’s multi-lingual submissions…

  3. ivan says:

    “If he loses … he will have to face charges of sexual assault and rape in Sweden.”
    Isn’t that taking for granted precisely the substantive legal point that has been contested, whether the legal process initiated in Sweden amounts to him being charged.

    1. Adam Wagner says:

      That is a good point!

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