The Constitution Unit


VIDEO: Dr Alan Renwick & Katie Ghose - A Constitutional Convention for the UK: What Form Should It Take?

8 December 2014

Speaker: Dr Alan Renwick & Katie Ghose

12th November 2014

Four of the five main UK political parties have voiced support for a constitutional convention based on popular participation. But what form should such a convention take? There are a variety of possible models and some would work much better than others. This presentation will set out criteria that can be used to evaluate the options and then draw on evidence from recent reform processes - notably in Canada, Iceland, and Ireland - to see which options are more or less likely to meet those criteria in the UK.

Dr Alan Renwick is Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Reading. He is an expert on processes of electoral and constitutional reform. His pamphlet, After the Referendum: Options for a Constitutional Convention was published by the Constitution Society in April.

Katie Ghose is the Chief Executive of the ERS. A campaigner and barrister with a background in human rights law and immigration, she served as a Commissioner on the Independent Asylum Commission from 2006-2008, where she helped to conduct the biggest ever independent review of the UK asylum system leading to the government's commitment to get rid of the detention of children in immigration centres.

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