What has the European Convention on Human Rights ever done for us?

It seems to me that we are used to hearing about the European Convention on Human Rights getting a bit of a kicking in this country, so I am looking forward to this one, to try and shed some light on whether its deserved- details below;
I think this event may well be quite popular so I suggest we meet at 5.45 to head in latest 6.10. I have taken the RSVP limit off, but please be advised that LSE lectures fill up on a first come first served basis on the night so signing up here is no guarantee of entry :)

Event details;

Centre for the Study of Human Rights "Question Time" panel debate

Date: Tuesday 1 October 2013
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Martin Howe QC, Professor Philip Leach, Caroline Lucas MP, Emily Thornberry MP, Professor Alan Sked
Chair: Professor Francesca Klug

On the 60th anniversary of the entry into force of the European Convention on Human Rights, a panel of politicians and experts consider, what has the ECHR ever done for us?

Is it a vital outside check on the way those in power treat the people they govern, or an unwelcome and undemocratic interference in domestic affairs? Is the court an overloaded and inefficient machine, or a victim of its own success? Is the effect to prioritise the rights of the few at the expense of the interests of the many, or the realisation of a post-war commitment to the value of all human beings? What does UK positioning on ECHR membership mean for those outside our borders?

In light of senior Conservative members of the UK government canvassing the possibility of the UK leaving the Convention, this ‘Question Time’-style event will give audience members the chance to grill the panel on whether Churchill’s legacy has passed its use-by date or remains just as vital today as it was sixty years ago.

Send questions for the panel via Twitter to @LSEHumanRights #LSEECHR or via email to [masked]. We’ll select the best to be asked on the night, and then turn to the audience for follow up questions.

Martin Howe QC was a member of the coalition government’s Commission on a Bill of Rights.

Philip Leach is professor of human rights law at Middlesex University and director of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre.

Caroline Lucas is the Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion.

Emily Thornberry is shadow attorney general.

Alan Sked is professor of international history at LSE.

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  • Ali Palmer

    Fun debate, despite the lack of balance

    October 2

  • rachel

    Great debate for the LSE considering it was a panel of 5 to 1. At the LSE there is no real opposition usually, so we should be grateful for the one. LSE is one great mutual admiration society, the opposite of what a thriving university should be. Emily Thornberry and Caroline Lucas's pronouncements were particularly sophomoric and disingeuous as usual and sadly their audience seemed to lap it up without serious questions or doubts. What an intellectually challenging evening! Ha ha. I enjoyed it anyhow, like I enjoy Mr. Roger's Neighborhood.

    October 2

  • Julian Charatan

    Enjoyed last night's panel discussion - erudite, well argued and, mostly, even tempered (with the possible exception of Caroline Lucas' unnecessary jibe at Marin Howe). Was lucky enough to enjoy a brief 'chat' with prof Sked afterwards. As is usual for these occasions - came away with much thought provoked...

    October 2

  • David Matson

    Excellent presentations and debate

    October 2

  • Ali Palmer

    Guys beware of google maps- mine took me to the main LSE bit and I think the map on the meetup page is similar- ask directions to new academic building on Sardinia street in front of Lincoln inn fields square- I'm heading in now- head on in and meet up after- enjoy the show! :)

    October 1

    • MC

      The google map link I posted here on the 22-Sep (scroll down) is correct. You may want to use it for the other meetups at the New Ac. Bldg.

      October 2

  • Hyunchung Lee

    I am sorry, today I felt bad in the evening so couldn't make it and couldn't change my RSVP as I am not a smart phone user, hope to see you next time!

    October 2

  • rachel

    I did go but didn't see you. I don't own a mobile, so it's my fault for not finding you. I enjoyed the event anyhow. Perhaps I'll meet you for another even some other time. Thanks.

    October 1

  • Ali Palmer

    Hi everyone- thanks for everyone who changed their RSVP- hope to see you next time! I've arrived- a little later than planned but I'm here- the theatre is in the new academic building on the join of Sardinia street and Lincoln inn fields! I'm waiting on a stone bench outside in black jacket and brown addidas trainers :) will head in about 6.10 as there are already people filing in- if you don't meet up before, meet after outside the building and we can head to the pub! :)

    October 1

  • Jonny

    Hi, I updated my RSVP, unfortunately I won't be able to make it. I'll look forward to the next meet up

    October 1

  • Esther

    Hi all,
    I'm so sorry, but I will not be able to make it there on time, because I have been held up at work.. Such a shame! :(
    Hope to see you next time.
    Enjoy it

    October 1

  • Ali Palmer

    Hi everyone- we'll be meeting outside the lecture theatre between 5.45 and 6.10 before heading in- my number is 07834 419 647 :)

    October 1

  • Julian Charatan

    Where are you meeting up Ali?

    October 1

  • Megan

    Is it too late to find you?

    October 1

  • Megan

    Sounds interesting; would be nice to go with a group

    1 · October 1

  • MC

    Of particular interest here will be what Alan Sked has to say. "Professor of international history at LSE" belies his history; core member of the Bruges group, founder of the Anti-Federalist League and, most famously, the founder of UKIP, which he created in '93 and left in '97 after it "filled up with racists fascists" (his words...or maybe it was "fascist racists" :-)

    Just a couple of weeks ago he launched his third political party, a centre-left Euro-sceptic party; see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-po...­ (Daily Politics interview with Andrew Neil, only 5 minutes :-)

    October 1

  • Ali Palmer

    Hi everyone-Am just about to send an e-mail to all attending with my contact details. Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow! Oh and thanks Rachel for the link- I've only just logged onto it and I don't think I'm going to have an hour to spare before tomorrow but I look forward to hearing all about it tomorrow night! :) Ali

    September 30

  • rachel

    I think all of you who are sincerely interested in this topic should watch this video first before you hear the lecture. It is shocking and I'm surprised this isn't publicized far and wide. European Arrest Warrant is Tragic Tyranny
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­

    September 30

  • MC

    The New Academic Building, where this will be, is at the southwest corner of Lincoln's Inn Fields, at the junction with Sardinia St. Here: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=5...­

    September 22

  • Ali Palmer

    As usual, we will head to the local Wetherspoons after for a drink and de-brief chin wag (and a steak for me as its Tuesday) :)

    September 21

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