Our Britain in Europe think tank published this week a video from the British Academy conference on Challenges to judicial independence in times of crisis.
The video has analysis by former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cmwgiedd; the Justice at the UK Supreme Court, Lord Kerr; Prof Kate Malleson (QMU); Dr McDermott-Rees (Swansea) and our own Prof Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos.
Prof Giannoulopoulos, who is leading the Law programme at Goldsmiths, was the co-convenor of the conference (with Dr Yvonne McDermott Rees).
The conference was inspired by attacks at the British judiciary by the press, in the context of Brexit and the “Miller” judgment. It also had a strong international and interdisciplinary dimension, in response to similar attacks upon the judiciary abroad, in countries
as diverse as the United States, France, Poland, Greece and Turkey.
The conference also coincided with dramatic developments in the Worboys case, the London cab driver convicted of serious sexual offences against female passengers, and the attacks on the Parole Board that followed on from that. His Honour Jeremy Roberts QC, a member of the Parole Board for England and Wales and an expert in our ‘Britain in Europe’ thinktank, provided critical analysis of a number of issues relating to judicial independence arising out of the case, in two posts published at the British Academy’s blog
The first blog post appeared a few days prior to the conference and offered a useful introduction to issues that were discussed there: Three key issues about the Parole Board raised by the Worboys case.
The second followed up on discussions at the conference, concentrating on an examination of the High Court’s decision on the Worboys case.
The conference brought together a number of eminent experts in the area:
- Dr Daniel Aguirre, University of Greenwich
- Professor Ilias G. Anagnostopoulos, Athens Law School
- Professor Vian Bakir, Bangor University
- Dr Moa Bladini, University of Gothenburg
- M Guy Canivet, former President, Cour de Cassation
- Dame Sue Carr, Presiding Judge of the Midland Circuit
- Professor Fiona De Londras, University of Birmingham
- Professor Martina Feilzer, Bangor University Professor
- John Jackson, University of Nottingham
- Professor Kate Malleson, Queen Mary University of London
- Professor Raphaële Parizot, Université Paris-Nanterre
- His Honour Jeremy Roberts QC, The Parole Board for England and Wales
- Professor Julian Petley, Brunel University London
- Sir Konrad Schiemman, Court of Justice of the European Union
- Dr Stephen Skinner, University of Exeter Professor
- Professor David Sklansky, Stanford Law School
For more information on the conference see the British Academy webpage.
Prof Giannoulopoulos and Dr McDermott-Rees are continuing the conversation with participants in the conference on this all-important topic, with a view, potentially, of proceeding to publication of an edited collection that will aim to highlight the profound societal effect of attacks upon the judiciary, and offer reflection on how to counter them.