Events

If you wish to attend any of our events please get in touch with our events team at events@policyexchange.org.uk.

Alternatively, our events are all filmed and can be watched online. Click the individual events below to see the videos.

Judicial Power Project Events


  • Monday, 11 March, 2019
    18:00 - 19:30

The problem of jihadi brides and ISIL fighters has made discussions about reform of the law of treason a matter of high public importance. Policy Exchange is proud to have led the public conversation about this issue, beginning with publication in July 2018 of a major cross-party report on modernisation of the law.


  • Wednesday, 14 March, 2018
    12:45 - 14:15

In their decision last year on UNISON’s challenge to the Lord Chancellor, the Supreme Court ruled that the Government had acted unlawfully in setting employment tribunal fees. The judgment was widely hailed as a victory for the rule of law in the face of an attack on access to justice. In a new paper for Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project, Sir Stephen Laws (former First Parliamentary Counsel) challenges this narrative. Sir Stephen argues that the judgment adopts a problematic conception of the rule of law – which wrongly encourages courts to wade into policy matters that are properly for Government and Parliament to decide. Lord Faulks QC, former Minister of State for Justice; and Professor Anne Davies, Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of Oxford, joined Sir Stephen to discuss the Supreme Court’s judgment and his critique.


  • Thursday, 1 February, 2018
    18:00 - 19:30

In his new study for Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project, Sir Noel Malcolm considers European Human Rights law and finds it wanting. This event addresed Sir Noel’s critique of European Human Rights law – and his robust conclusion that the UK ought to withdraw from the Convention. Above all it examined his new approach to the nature of human rights and the place they ought to have in our constitution.


  • Tuesday, 23 January, 2018
    13:00 - 14:00

The expansion of judicial power has gone hand-in-hand with a greater emphasis on judicial independence. But there is a risk that the notion of judicial independence will become inflated, squeezing out for example legitimate political criticism of judicial decisions. This seminar explored the definition and proper limits of judicial independence. 

Venue:  

Address:
Policy Exchange, 6th Floor, 8 – 10 Great George St, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AE, United Kingdom


  • Monday, 22 January, 2018
    18:30 - 19:30

The Honourable Dyson Heydon AC QC, former Justice of the High Court of Australia and one of the common-law world’s foremost figures, considered the rise of judicial review around the world in an event at Policy Exchange. Heydon warned that the phenomenon of rising judicial power across much of the common law world represented a “silent revolution” that had occurred largely without parliamentary sanction.

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