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The Putney Debates 2018

As the peoples of the United Kingdom and Ireland strive for unity in the face of Brexit, the Putney Debates 2018 will assess recent developments – including government efforts to invoke prerogative powers, Anglo-Irish relations, and 'fake news' and external interference in recent elections – in a modern-day constitutional convention on the spirit and structure of our democratic settlement.

AC Grayling calls for a codified UK Constitution to protect citizen rights to good government

Last week, renowned philosopher Professor AC Grayling made an impassioned plea for both greater constitutional clarity over the future use of Referendums and reforms to the way that MPs represent their constituents in Parliament, in order to protect the right of all citizens to good government.

The Rapid Resolution and Redress Scheme for Birth Injuries: An Alternative Scheme Design

A proposal for an alternative approach to ensure the rapid resolution and redress of cases involving the families of infants injured at birth.

 

A recent Government consultation proposed a model to improve the way that families of babies seriously injured at birth are compensated.

This policy brief presents an alternative to the current litigation-based approach, outlining a governance and operating model for the Rapid Resolution and Redress Scheme for serious birth injuries, including a fully costed business process for its delivery.

The proposals address each of the key public objectives for such a scheme:

  • providing a route to support and compensation for families which is quicker and less contentious than the current system;
  • increasing the learning from such incidents in order to drive improvements in clinical and operational practice;
  • introducing a no-blame culture in order to increase reporting rates and reduce defensiveness.

The proposals offer a number of advantages over the Government scheme, including a more independent, legitimate, and credible structure, cost savings, and improved efficiency of decisions, helping families to receive compensation more rapidly.

Constitution in Crisis: The New Putney Debates

Constitution in Crisis: The New Putney Debates

The debates that began at St Mary's Church, Putney on 28 October 1647 pioneered the liberal, democratic settlement in England: a written constitution, universal suffrage, freedom of conscience and equality before the law. Four centuries later, the 2016 Brexit referendum raised fundamental questions concerning the constitution of the United Kingdom.

Following the Supreme Court ruling that the government, under a centuries-old Royal Prerogative, does not have the power to trigger Article 50 to leave the EU, MPs have claimed that we are entering a full-blown constitutional crisis. The parallels between 1647 and 2017 are striking.

Government has been toppled, a new leadership has emerged, and the two main parties are in a state of internecine warfare. Parliamentarians do not understand how to reconcile their duty to act for the common good and the result of the referendum. The people are divided and the four nations comprising the United Kingdom are at odds.

This volume brings together some of the greatest public intellectuals of their generation to debate the constitutional crisis at the heart of today's politics. Featuring contributions from A.C. Grayling, Vernon Bogdanor, Timothy Garton Ash, and David Runicman, this book provides provocative new perspectives on the most important political debate of the twenty-first century.

Praise for Constitution in Crisis

The idea of having a new version of the Putney Debates was an excellent one, and the format devised for the debates worked to very good effect, as attested to by the results published in this book

— Paul Craig, Professor of English law, University of Oxford

Publication date: 26 September 2017

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Constitution in Crisis: The New Putney Debates

Constitution in Crisis: The New Putney Debates

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The debates that began at St Mary's Church, Putney on 28 October 1647 pioneered the liberal, democratic settlement in England: a written constitution, universal suffrage, freedom of conscience and equality before the law. Four centuries later, the 2016 Brexit referendum raised fundamental questions concerning the constitution of the United Kingdom.

Following the Supreme Court ruling that the government, under a centuries-old Royal Prerogative, does not have the power to trigger Article 50 to leave the EU, MPs have claimed that we are entering a full-blown constitutional crisis. The parallels between 1647 and 2017 are striking.

Government has been toppled, a new leadership has emerged, and the two main parties are in a state of internecine warfare. Parliamentarians do not understand how to reconcile their duty to act for the common good and the result of the referendum. The people are divided and the four nations comprising the United Kingdom are at odds.

This volume brings together some of the greatest public intellectuals of their generation to debate the constitutional crisis at the heart of today's politics.

Bitesize essays from experts including A.C. Grayling, Vernon Bogdanor, Timothy Garton Ash, and David Runicman provide provocative new perspectives on the most important political debate of the twenty-first century.

 

Praise for Constitution in Crisis

The idea of having a new version of the Putney Debates was an excellent one, and the format devised for the debates worked to very good effect, as attested to by the results published in this book

— Paul Craig, Professor of English law, University of Oxford

Publication date: 26 September 2017

To order your copy at the special discounted price of £5 (RRP: £10.99), please click on the button below:

International lawyer tells inside story of fight for justice for victims of Libya’s forgotten terror attack

Last week, the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society welcomed international lawyer Stuart H Newberger to Wolfson College to discuss his book The Forgotten Flight: Terrorism, Diplomacy and the Pursuit of Justice, which tells the story of his fight for justice for the 170 forgotten victims of UTA Flight 772, which Colonel Gaddafi brought down in one of the deadliest terror attacks in history, just months after the infamous Lockerbie disaster.

Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World

In this keynote lecture, leading political writer Timothy Garton Ash presents his ten guiding principles for a connected world, and offer a manifesto for global free speech in the digital age.

Drawing on a lifetime of writing about dictatorships and dissidents, Oxford Professor of European Studies Timothy Garton Ash argues that we are currently experiencing an unprecedented era in human history for freedom of expression.