UCL Faculty of Laws


Mishcon Lecture 2016: Reflections on the revolution in America

28 November 2016


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On Wednesday 23 November 2016, journalist, author and broadcaster Jonathan Freedland was keynote speaker at ‘Mishcon Lecture 2016: Reflections on the Revolution in America’ at UCL’s Darwin Lecture Theatre.

230 people attended the lecture, which was introduced by Professor Piet Eeckhout, Vice-Dean (Staffing) and Professor of EU Law at UCL Laws.

Mr Freedland talked about the three faces of the recent American election and why this can be considered a revolution.

The Mishcon Lectures were established at UCL in 1990 by Lord Mishcon’s children to mark his 75th birthday and in recognition of his achievements and service in the fields of law, education, religion, government and politics, both central and local.

Vivienne Parry OBE, writer and broadcaster, said:

‘This was one of the best things I have ever been to at UCL. It was terrific’

Jeremy Posnansky QC, one of the many attendees, said:

‘It’s almost impossible to believe that Wednesday’s was the 25th Annual Mishcon Lecture. What a lasting and wonderful memorial it is to Lord Victor Mishcon. And it’s obviously a powerful magnet for great speakers, as having Jonathan Freedland confirmed.

He was certainly a great speaker and his was a great text. Jonathan’s lecture was right up there with the best of them. At risk of a groaningly bad play on words, it was a golden performance for a silver anniversary!’

Jonathan Freedland is an award-winning journalist, best seller author and broadcaster. He has been a weekly columnist for the Guardian since 1997 and is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s contemporary history series, The Long View. He is also a regular contributor to a range of US publications, including The New York Review of Books.

In 2014 he was awarded the Orwell Special Prize for journalism. He is the author of eight books, five of them best-selling thrillers under the name Sam Bourne.

Read this blog about the lecture.