The Rule of Law and the Future of Democracy

Thu 9 Dec 2021, 18:00 - 19:15

The British Academy

The event has been prompted by Sir Jack Beatson's analysis in his 2021 book, Key Ideas in Law: The Rule of Law and the Separation of Powers (Hart/Bloomsbury).

Recent events, ranging from the Brexit referendum to the approaches taken in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, have refocused attention on the Rule of Law and the future of our democracy. Our unwritten constitution and the respective powers and competencies of the legislature, the executive and the judiciary, and the important relationships between them, are all being subjected to unusual stresses. The discussion explores these concerns.

The discussion was chaired by Professor Sarah Worthington DBE FBA, University of Cambridge and led by contributions from:

  • Sir Jack Beatson, PC, FBA, Lord Justice of Appeal 2013-2018
  • Lord Sales, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
  • Professor Aileen Kavanagh, Trinity College Dublin

This event is sponsored by the Jones Day Foundation.

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