On Monday 30 September 2019, Cumberland Lodge will be live-streaming a panel debate featuring Professor Neal Katyal and Lord Anderson of Ipswich QC, to be chaired by Jessica Simor QC, one of the UK's leading specialists in public, EU and human rights law.

Neal Katyal was the former Acting Solicitor-General under US President Obama, and Lord Anderson is a cross-bench life peer, practising senior barrister, and the UK's former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation.

The event responds to current events and political and legal developments in both the UK and US.

Our guest panellists will be addressing pressing questions such as:

  • What are the key challenges and opportunities for the rule of law in contemporary democratic societies?
  • Does the UK ultimately need a written Constitution, in order to guarantee an effective system of checks and balances?
  • What are the key challenges facing democratic institutions as they seek to balance executive powers with a constitutional order based on precedent?

The panel discussions will begin at 6.30pm, to be followed by a question-and-answer session with our small, interdisciplinary audience of students, academics, Cumberland Lodge staff and specialists in the field. Full details can be found on our 'What's On' webpages.

Reaching a wider audience

We are pleased to open up this event to the public, to reach a wider audience via a live-stream on Vimeo, Facebook and our homepage.

This is part of an ongoing initiative to make more of our work, and the conversations we convene, available for everyone to access online.

This summer we invested in new broadcasting equipment, complete with a small green-screen studio, to help support this work, and in August we welcomed a Digital Communications Officer to our team.

Both the studio and broadcast control room will shortly be available for visiting groups to hire. Income from these bookings will all help to support our charitable activities.

Democracy and citizenship

Democracy and citizenship is one of five key angles from which we explore pressing issues of social cohesion and progress towards more peaceful, open and inclusive societies.

You can find out more about our work and its focus here, and about our unique way of empowering people, through dialogue and debate, to tackle the causes and effects of social division, here.