Last Wednesday I was called to give evidence to the House of Lords Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement. Due to the work we do at Shout Out UK and the course we run on Political Literacy, my evidence focused primarily on Political Education. I emphasised that...read more
Joanna Yeates was found dead in her flat on Christmas Day 2010. What followed was one of the most egregious examples of abuse of power by the press, as retired schoolteacher Christopher Jefferies was wrongly accused of murdering Yeates, in a ‘trial by media’ that...read more
At a book launch organised by Britain in Europe and the ‘Knowing our Rights’ project for Conor Gearty’s latest book, On Fantasy Island: Britain, Europe and Human Rights, the eminent human rights scholar and Matrix Chambers barrister delivered a passionate defence of the Human Rights Act and the UK’s European orientation, while blasting the government for Brexit and its attacks on the ECHR.
‘Brexit was underpinned by deplorable opportunistic populism’, and was bringing about ‘a move to explicit discrimination in the UK’, he said characteristically. ‘The ECHR was attacked as a proxy for the EU’, he criticised with equal rigour…read more
A roundtable event, organised at the British Academy by the 'Knowing our Rights' research project, in collaboration with the 'Britain in Europe' (BiE) think tank, brought into sharp focus the effects of the UK's departure from the jurisdiction of the European Court of...read more