On Monday 30 September 2019, we hosted a panel debate on checks and balances required for maintaining democracy and the rule of law with two distinguished panellists:

  • Neal Katyal – former Acting Solicitor-General of the United States under President Obama
  • Lord (David) Anderson KBE QC – cross-bench life peer, former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation (UK), and barrister specialising in EU, human rights and public law

You can find out more about the event here. It was chaired by Jessica Simor QC, one of the country’s leading specialists in public/regulatory, EU and human rights law.

Challenges and opportunities

Drawing on experience from the US and the UK, our panellists addressed the following issues:

  • 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 discussion was followed by questions from our invited live audience of local students, academics and specialists in the field.

This event was streamed live to a public audience online.


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Published Date
2 October, 2019