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Lighting the Home Fires: Fresh perspectives on human rights in the UK

How do we relate to human rights in everyday life? what cultural, social and political commitment do they represent? How do we protect them and defend them effectively? And what are the risks in scrapping the Human Rights Act? These are some of the questions that Counterpoint explored on September 8th.  


Speakers included:

Rt Hon Dominic Grieve; Saimo Chahal, QC (Hon) (Bindmans LLP); Roger Graef, Theatre Director and Filmmaker; Adam Wagner (UK Human Rights Blog); Timo Jütten on the Philosophy of Human Rights (University of Essex); Ann Gallagher on Ethics and Care (International Care Ethics Observatory, University of Surrey); Jonathan Sklar, Pyschoanalyst and Author of Landscapes of the Dark; Richard Gordon QC (Brick Court Chambers); Eva Hoffman, Writer and Author of After Such Knowledge; Dan Reisel on the neuroscience of forgiveness (University College London); Rabbi Jonathan Romain (Maidenhead Synagogue); Ian Byrne (Amnesty International); Shauneen Lambe (Just for Kids Law); Deepti Patel; Colin Harvey (QUB); Sarah Chandler (President of the Human Rights of the Federation of European Bar Associations).

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Thomas Paine Initiative


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