Martin Wolf CBE to forecast The Place of Britain in a Future Europe

18 September 2012

The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society is pleased to announce thatMartin Wolf CBE, Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times, will deliver a lecture on 5th October to assess Britain's role in Europe in the wake of the eurozone crisis.

The lecture, entitled 'The Place of Britain in a Future Europe', forms the highlight of a full and varied programme of Law, Justice and Society lectures, workshops and panel discussions for the start of the new academic year.

Martin Wolf was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 'for services to financial journalism', and is widely considered to be one of the world's most influential writers on economics. He has been a forum fellow at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos since 1999, and in 2010-2011 he was a member of the UK government's Independent Commission on Banking.

Mr Wolf will argue that Britain has become a semi-detached member of the European Union, both psychologically and politically. In his view, the status quo for the eurozone is untenable: it will either become more integrated or disintegrate. Either way, the European Union will be transformed and so will Britain's place, whether inside or, quite possibly, outside it.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and we anticipate considerable interest. To reserve your place at the lecture, which will be held at 2.30pm on Friday 5th October at Jesus College Ship Street Centre, please complete the online registration form.

Additional highlights in the events programme include a lecture and panel discussion on 'Courts as Representatives', featuring prominent judges from both sides of the Atlantic.

On 18th October, András Sajó, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, will address the controversial issue of judicial legitimacy at a time of growing public distrust in the representativeness of the political system, and legislation in particular.

The lecture will introduce ideas that will be further explored in a panel discussion and academic workshop on 18th October, at which Judge Sajó will be joined by The Hon Mr Justice Cranston, Queen's Bench Division, UK High Court; Judge Jed S. Rakoff, US Federal Court, Southern District of New York; and Justice Robert Sharpe from the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

For further details of our full programme of events and to reserve your place, please visit our News and Events page and follow the links for online registration.