Seminar Programme 2012-13
The Politics of Coalition
Redesigning Press Regulation: Lessons from Overseas
The Role of the House of Lords in the Parliamentary Process
Prospects for a British Bill of Rights
Sir Leigh Lewis
Thursday 24 January 2013, 1.00pm
Venue: Council Room
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What Place for the Referendum in the UK?
Prof Vernon Bogdanor (KCL)
Thursday 21 February, 5.00pm
Venue: Archaeology Lecture Theatre
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Expertise and Policy: the Rise of the Government 'Tsar'
Dr Ruth Levitt (KCL) and Stephen Boys Smith (former civil servant)
Thursday 21 March, 1.00pm
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Return to the West Lothian Question
Prof Charlie Jeffery and Sir Stephen Laws KCB (McKay Commission)
Thur 9 May 2013, 12.30pm
Venue: Council Room
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Civil Service Accountability
Venue: Council Room, Constitution Unit
These seminars are funded by her family in memory of Barbara Farbey, late of UCL, who greatly enjoyed them and who died in 2009.
What is the series?
Our seminars cover all areas of the constitution and open debate on a range of issues. We try to keep the programme topical and interesting and generate well informed and lively discussion between the speaker and our audience. We have broad discussions with high profile speakers as well as exploring more technical issues. We aim to keep the seminars accessible to all and film them for debate beyond the room.
Who are the seminars for?
The seminars are completely free and open to all. The presentations are filmed, however the Q&A is strictly under Chatham House Rule in order to facilitate an open and frank discussion. Our audience is wide-ranging, from official, academics and practitioners to students and interested members of the public. We aim to give you the opportunity to debate with those in the know.
When and where do the seminars take place?
The seminars are generally held at the Constitution Unit and can either be a lunchtime or evening event. Presentations are usually 30-40 minutes with another 20 for Q&A. Refreshments are always available before or after the event where participants can continue discussions informally.
How do I sign up?
- Changing the Rules of Succession and the Problem of the Realms (Prof Anne Twomey)
- House of Commons Reform: One Year Report (Sir George Young)
- Prospects for Lords Reform: a View from the Joint Committee (Baroness Symons and Lord Tyler)
- Parliamentary Boundaries Review (Prof Ron Johnston, Prof Charles Pattie and David Rossiter)
- Judicial Diversity (Prof Dame Hazel Genn)
- Referendum of Scottish Independence: the Law and the Politics (Robert Hazell and Alan Trench)
- Scrutinising Administrative Justice (Richard Thomas CBE)
- Elected Mayors (Lord Adonis and Jules Pipe)
- The Euro Crisis and its Implications for European Institutions (Charles Grant)
- Fixed Term Parliaments (Prof Robert Blackburn)
- Parliamentary Reform & the work of the Backbench Business Committee (Natascha Engel MP)
- The Liberal Democrats and the Coalition (Mark Pack)
- The New Cabinet Manual (Sir Gus O'Donnell)
- The Black Widow Effect? The Consequences of the Coalition for Clegg & Co. (Prof Tim Bale)
- The New Localism? (Prof Tony Travers)
- The Coalition and the Constitution (Prof Vernon Bogdanor)
- AV Referendum (Jenny Watson)
- Reforming Party Funding (Prof Justin Fisher)