Swansea Law Academic Convenes ‘Judicial Independence in Times of Crisis’ Conference

With judicial independence increasingly under threat, this international, interdisciplinary conference will identify threats to judicial independence and how they can be protected against.

When the Court of Appeal issued its ruling in the Miller Article 50 challenge last year, the Daily Mail’s cover page branded the three judges – including the Lord Chief Justice at the time, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, ‘Enemies of the People’. The rise of unprecedented attacks on the judiciary has been witnessed across the globe, from President Trump in America to legal changes and policies in Poland, Myanmar, France, and Ukraine that place judicial independence under grave threat.

It is in this context that Swansea Associate Professor of Law, Dr Yvonne McDermott Rees has convened, together with Dr Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos, Senior Lecturer in Law at Brunel University, a major international conference that will take place at the British Academy on 8 and 9 March. The British Academy selects six conferences annually to host from hundreds of proposals, and this conference is the first in its 2018 Conference series.

Speakers include: Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore, Justice of the Supreme Court; Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, former Lord Justice of England and Wales; Guy Canivet, former President of France’s Cour de Cassation; Sir Konrad Schiemman, Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union; Dame Sue Carr, Presiding Judge of the Midland Circuit; His Honour Jeremy Roberts QC, a member of the the Parole Board for England and Wales; Professor Fiona De Londras, University of Birmingham; Professor Martina Feilzer, Bangor University; Professor Kate Malleson, Queen Mary University of London; Professor John Jackson, University of Nottingham; Professor Ilias G. Anagnostopoulos, Athens Law School; Professor Vian Bakir, Bangor University; Professor Raphaële Parizot, Université Paris-Nanterre; Professor Julian Petley, Brunel University London; Professor David Sklansky, Stanford University, USA; Dr. Daniel Aguirre, University of Greenwich; Dr. Moa Bladini, University of Gothenburg; Dr. Lawrence McNamara, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and University of York, and Dr. Stephen Skinner, University of Exeter.

The conference will cover such timely and important topics as ‘The independence of the Parole Board’ (which is timely in light of the recent John Worboys case scandal); ‘Judicial Independence in Trump’s America’; the relationship between the press and the judiciary, and judicial independence in countering terrorism.

There are still a small number of guest places available for this conference. Further details, a full programme, and registration link can be found online on the British Academy’s website.

 ‘Judicial Independence in Times of Crisis’