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Constitutional Carnival

Institute of Public Affairs

Date: Thursday 26 June 2014
Time: 4-8pm 
Venue: The Venue, basement, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
Facilitators: Alasdair Cochrane, Robert Craig, Robert Hazell, Martin Lewis, Dawn Oliver, Baroness Joyce Quin, Ian Roberts, Dr Purna Sen, Graham Smith, Melanie Strickland, Peter Tatchell
Chair: Professor Conor Gearty

In a unique project, LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) and Department of Law are coming together to pioneer the crowdsourcing of a new UK constitution to ask members of the public to participate in, advise on and eventually to draft a new UK constitution. Join us for an evening of interactive activities to celebrate the IPA’s ConstitutionUK project and have your say on what could be included in a new constitution. Debate with experts in round table discussions, stand up on our soap box to voice your opinions or write your views on our “Equality and Diversity Wall”. There will also be competitions, entertainment and refreshments during the evening. “Experts" will be on hand to provide guidance but this is the day when the general public takes its stand and has its say.

Alasdair Cochrane is a British political theorist and ethicist based at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of An Introduction to Animals and Political Theory and Animal Rights without Liberation.

Robert Craig has taught Jurisprudence and Public Law at KCL and LSE for many years. He has also run the Public Law PgDL course at City University for a number of years. He has particular interest in the constitutional implications of the Human Rights Act and membership of the European Union.

Robert Hazell is the director of the Constitution Unit at UCL. He started his career as a barrister from 1973-75. He then joined the Home Office, and was a policy making civil servant from 1975 to 1989, working in immigration, police, prisons, broadcasting, race relations, drugs and criminal justice policy. He left Whitehall to become Director of the Nuffield Foundation for six years, and then left the Nuffield to found the Constitution Unit at UCL in 1995. He was given a personal chair as Professor of Government and the Constitution by UCL in 1999. In 2006 he was awarded the CBE for his services to constitutional reform.

Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert, is an award-winning campaigning TV and radio presenter, newspaper columnist, author and, according to Google, the most searched-for British man. He has his own evening ITV programme - The Martin Lewis Money Show - and is resident expert on This Morning, Daybreak and BBC Radio 5 Live's Consumer Panel, amongst others. He first moved to London to study Government and Law at the LSE, where he then spent a year as general secretary of the Students' Union.

Dawn Oliver is Emeritus Professor of Constitutional Law at UCL. She served as Dean of the Faculty from 1993-98 and in 2007. She was editor of Public Law from 1993-2002, Lionel Cohen Lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1995, Associate Fellow of Newnham College Cambridge 1995-98, Member of the Royal Commission on Reform of the House of Lords, 1999-2000, Member of the Fabian Society Commission on the Future of the Monarchy 2002-2003, Chair of the UK Constitutional Law Group 2005-2010, and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law 2007-2010. She has been a member of the Study of Parliament Group since 1991, and its President since 2010. She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2005.

Baroness Joyce Quin was appointed to the House of Lords in 2006. A former MP and French teacher, she is particularly interested in European affairs, industrial policy and regional development. She is currently Chair of the Franco-British Council, an organisation that seeks to promote better understanding and collaborative action between the two nations. Between 1987 and 2006, Quin was MP for Gateshead East and (from 1997) Washington West. During this time, she served on the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform (2003-05) and as a junior minister at the Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Department (1999-2001), Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1998-99) and Home Office (1997-98).

Ian Roberts is the Acting Chair and Vice Chair of the British Monarchist League of which he has held the position of Vice Chair since the BML's inception in 2010. Ian has been a keen Royalist, despite having strong left wing politics, since a young age and keenly enjoys debating the pros & cons of Monarchical Government with all sorts of people. Outside of the BML, Ian is a freelance civil litigation paralegal and is studying for his LLM Qualifying Law Degree at Birkbeck University of London with a view to training to be a barrister.

Dr Purna Sen is Deputy Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, Chair of the board of the Kaleidoscope Trust and an Advisor to Justice for Gay Africans. She has served as Head of Human Rights for the Commonwealth Secretariat and as Director for the Asia-Pacific Programme at Amnesty International.

Graham Smith is the chief executive officer of Republic, the campaign for a democratic alternative to the monarchy.

Melanie Strickland is a solicitor and Occupy London supporter.

Peter Tatchell is Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation and campaigns for human rights, democracy, LGBT freedom and global justice. 

For further information please see: Constitutional-Carnival-Sessions 

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #ConstitutionUK

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