A panel debate on democracy in the modern day and the measures necessary to protect democratic values.

Published Date: 
Wednesday, 2 October 2019

On Monday 30 September 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

The event 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 is followed by questions from our invited live audience of local students, academics and specialists in the field.

The event was streamed live on 30 September.