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30 September 2019, 6:30pm
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Join us on Monday 30 September as we host a panel debate on checks and balances required for maintaining democracy and the rule of law, live-streamed from around 6.30pm, 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

We are pleased to announce that the event will be 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 will address 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 discussions will be followed by questions from our invited live audience of local students, academics and specialists in the field.

Watch live or on-demand

This event will be available to watch live from around 6.30pm on Monday 31 September, on this webpage and on the homepage, as well as on our Facebook page @cumberlandlodge.

You can follow this event on social media at #CLdemocracy.

Audience guests

If you have pre-registered to attend in person, please aim to arrive by 6pm and go to our Reception at the front of the main Lodge. 

Tea and coffee will be served in the Bar from 6pm, and there will be a small drinks reception afterwards.

Please aim to be seated by 6.25pm in Flitcroft, our main conference room in The Mews next to the main Lodge building.

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