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Literary Festival 2013: Austerity on Trial


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Speaker(s): Hugh Tomlinson QC, Karon Monaghan QC, Jamie Burton, Martin Howe QC, Richard Honey, Tim Frost, Will Hutton, Andrew Lilico, Ruth Porter, Magdalena Sepulveda, Polly Toynbee

Recorded on 1 March 2013 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

Organisers: Professor Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law, LSE; Professor Aoife Nolan, Professor of International Human Rights Law, The University of Nottingham.

Introduction: Conor Gearty (LSE Department of Law) and Aoife Nolan (Just Fair).

Judge: Hugh Tomlinson QC (Matrix Chambers).

Prosecution: led by Karon Monaghan QC (Matrix Chambers) with Jamie Burton (Doughty Street).

Defence: led by Martin Howe QC (8 New Square) with Richard Honey (Francis Taylor Building).

Expert Witnesses: Tim Frost (Cairn Capital Group), Will Hutton (Oxford University), Andrew Lilico (Europe Economics), Ruth Porter (Institute of Economic Affairs), Magdalena SepĂșlveda(UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights) and Polly Toynbee (The Guardian).

Does UK government policy on economic austerity breach international human rights law? In an innovative legal proceedings, the charges will be brought, and 'Austerity' defended, by a team of legal experts, backed by distinguished human rights and other specialist witnesses from the UK and around the world. Overseen by a leading barrister acting as judge, the trial will end with a verdict delivered by a jury of children and young people, as well as the audience. The jury is made up of members of Amplify (the Children's Commissioner for England's Advisory Group of children and young people) and members of the LSE Widening Participation Programme.

For full speaker biographies, the prosecution indictment and the defence statement for the event, please click on Event posting.

For additional information on the event, please click on the Just Fair - Austerity on Trial link in Related Links below.

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