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What has the European Convention on Human Rights ever done for us?

Centre for the Study of Human Rights "Question Time" panel debate

Date: Tuesday 1 October 2013 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Martin Howe QC, Professor Philip Leach, Caroline Lucas MP, Emily Thornberry MP, Professor Alan Sked  
Chair: Professor Francesca Klug

On the 60th anniversary of the entry into force of the European Convention on Human Rights, a panel of politicians and experts consider, what has the ECHR ever done for us?

Is it a vital outside check on the way those in power treat the people they govern, or an unwelcome and undemocratic interference in domestic affairs? Is the court an overloaded and inefficient machine, or a victim of its own success? Is the effect to prioritise the rights of the few at the expense of the interests of the many, or the realisation of a post-war commitment to the value of all human beings? What does UK positioning on ECHR membership mean for those outside our borders?

In light of senior Conservative members of the UK government canvassing the possibility of the UK leaving the Convention, this ‘Question Time’-style event will give audience members the chance to grill the panel on whether Churchill’s legacy has passed its use-by date or remains just as vital today as it was sixty years ago.

Send questions for the panel via Twitter to @LSEHumanRights #LSEECHR or via email to a.r.williams1@lse.ac.uk. We’ll select the best to be asked on the night, and then turn to the audience for follow up questions.

Martin Howe QC was a member of the coalition government’s Commission on a Bill of Rights.

Philip Leach is professor of human rights law at Middlesex University and director of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre.

Caroline Lucas is the Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion.

Emily Thornberry is shadow attorney general.

Alan Sked is professor of international history at LSE.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEECHR

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