The Putney Debates 2019 were held on 13-14 March at St Mary's Church, Putney, in association with the University of Oxford Law Faculty, to address the constitutional implications of the EU Referendum result for our judiciary.
The 2019 Debates examine the impact of the ‘Enemies of the People’ controversy and threats to the independence of the judiciary posed by populist movements in the UK and further afield.
Professor of Public Law Graham Gee defends the Lord Chancellor's actions in the Enemies of the People controversy, arguing that Lord Judge was wrong to criticize Liz Truss
Paul Magrath, a barrister and advocate of greater transparency in the courts, set out his vision that: "It is crucial that judges explain their judgments clearly to the public" and identifies "The elephant in the room":
Andrea Coomber, Director of the all-party law reform and human rights organization JUSTICE, explains how the ECtHR has reacted to criticism regarding its judgment on prisoners' voting rights and is now engaging in more dialogue with the UK Supreme Court regarding future decisions.
Session III: How Can We Defend Judicial Independence?
4.30–6.30pm, Thursday 14th March
Chair: Joshua Rozenberg, renowned legal commentator
Frank Vibert, Senior Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics, formerly UN and World Bank
Nick Friedman, Biegun Warburg Junior Research Fellow in Law, Oxford
Andrea Coomber, Director of JUSTICE, the all-party law reform and human rights organization
Alison Pickup, Barrister & Legal Director, Public Law Project
Paul Magrath, Barrister & Head of Product Development, Incorporated Council of Law Reporting
Graham Gee, Professor of Public Law, University of Sheffield
Bogdan Iancu, Associate Professor, University of Bucharest
Katarína Šipulová, Senior Researcher, Judicial Studies Institute, Masaryk University, Brno
Ezequiel Gonzalez Ocantos, Associate Professor in Politics & International Relations, Oxford