Goldsmiths Law roundtable at the Royal Society of Arts, on the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights in the UK, exploring views from legal theory and legal practice.
This Goldsmiths Law and "Knowing Our Rights" roundtable follows on an one-day symposium at the British Academy (27 November 2018), which explored the transformational effect upon UK law of a number of rights in the European Convention on Human Rights (the right to life, the prohibition of torture, the right to liberty, fair trial rights, the right to privacy with regards to electronic communications, privacy and freedom of the press, sexual orientation equality).
The roundtable will shed light on issues relating to the UK’s relationship with the ECHR, including:
- the effect of ECHR jurisprudence in the UK, such as in relation to balancing liberty with securitarian interests in the fight against terrorism, the right to vote, state surveillance, the right to private and family life of mothers in prison etc;
- how to fight against human rights sensationalism in the media;
- raising awareness about how human rights affect our lives;
- the link between Euroscepticism and the Conservative Government’s antipathy towards the Human Rights Act;
- where we are now with the Conservative Government’s plan to substitute a British Bill of Rights for the Human Rights Act, and how Brexit may have changed the dynamics.
The event will provide another opportunity to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Royal Assent to the HRA, with a focus on the persons behind the HRA, those who helped bring it to life and determine its architecture (and on those who antagonise it too).
Confirmed speakers include:
- Jonathan Cooper OBE, Doughty Street Chambers;
- Sanchita Hosali, Director, British Institute of Human Rights;
- Liora Lazarus, Associate Professor in Law, Faculty of Law, Oxford; Fellow, St Anne’s College, and Head of Research at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights;
- Nadia O’Mara, Policy and Campaigns Officer at Liberty;
- Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, Visiting Professor, Law, Goldsmiths, University of London;
- Maya Sikand, Head of the Human Rights Team, Garden Court Chambers;
- Adam Wagner, Doughty Street Chambers; founder of RightsInfo and UK Human Rights Blog;
- Ruvi Ziegler, Associate Professor of Law, University of Reading.
The event is supported by the Human Rights Lawyers’ Association.
Goldsmiths Law roundtable on ECHR impact in the UK
Dates & times
If you are attending an event and need the College to help with any mobility requirements you may have, please contact the event organiser in advance to ensure we can accommodate your needs.