The Putney Debates 2017 were held on 2-3 February 2017 at St Mary's Church, Putney, to address the UK's constitutional future in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union.
Session IV: Preserving the Liberal Constitution, chaired by Baroness Onora O’Neill, considers the constitutional implications of Brexit and the need for a written Constitution for the UK.
Session II: Changing and Strengthening the Role of the People, chaired by Professor Paul Craig, examines direct democracy, referendums, and the role of social media in strengthening the voice of the people.
In this lecture, Professor Mark Knights will assess recent e-petitions on President Trump's state visit and Brexit, and question Justice Secretary's assertion that there is a "settled will of the people", in his examination of the device of petitioning from its origins up to the present day.
With two weeks to go to our restaging of the historic Putney Debates, we are pleased to announce the full line-up and programme details.
Professor Denis Galligan of the University of Oxford Law Faculty challenged some widely held myths at play in the ongoing constitutional crisis triggered by Brexit in his lecture at Wolfson College last week.
Can the US Constitution survive the shocks inflicted on it by Trump's challenging the validity of the election result, his threats to have Hillary Clinton imprisoned, and the possible involvement of Putin's Russia in disrupting the electoral campaign?
Professor Paul Craig of the Oxford Faculty of Law discusses the constitutional implications for the European Union, and asks what measures it can take to prevent the further break up of the Union in the wake of Brexit.
As Turkey recovers from the Istanbul bombings in December 2016 that have been attributed to Kurdish separatists, Professor Bill Kissane from LSE discusses the increasingly perilous constitutional and political situation in Turkey.
Professor Kissane examines the reasons behind the failed attempts at constitution-building by consensus in Turkey, the rise of President Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian regime in the wake of the military coup attempt earlier this year, and the consequences in terms of renewed conflict with separatist Kurds.