Law and democracy

The vote to leave the European Union is sparking an upheaval in the British legal system, which over 40 years has become ever more closely enmeshed with the EU and other European bodies. Some are even seeking to use the law to prevent Brexit even happening, regardless of the vote. Is Brexit our cue to steady the ship of state or to rethink radically the relationship between law, politics and democracy? This eminent panel don’t agree and their arguments are more than worth airing in these anti-democratic times.

Speakers include: Professor Catherine Barnard, senior tutor and professor of EU law and employment law, Trinity College, Cambridge, author, The Substantive Law of the EU: The four freedoms; Professor Conor Gearty, professor of Human Rights Law, LSE, barrister, Matrix Chambers, author, On Fantasy Island: Britain, Strasbourg and Human Rights; Luke Gittos, criminal lawyer, director of City of London Appeals Clinic, legal editor at spiked; author, Why Rape Culture is a Dangerous Myth: From Steubenville to Ched Evans; Martin Howe QC, barrister, member, Commission on A Bill of Rights, chairman of Lawyers for Britain; Matthew Scott, barrister, Pump Court Chambers; blogs at, shortlisted for The Comment Awards “Best independent blog” 2015. The chair is Andrew Wheelhouse, senior paralegal, Bates Wells Braithwaite LLP