Lunch hour lectures repository Autumn 2008
- 7 October 2008: Is Human Evolution Over?
- 9 October: A Tale of Two Churches
- 14 October: How Does My Brain Hear Your Voice?
- 16 October: Voice of God
- 21 October: The Zen of Running
- 23 October: UrbanBuzz - Building Sustainable Communities
- 28 October: Darwin, Microbes and the Increasing Incidence of Chronic Inflammatory Diseases (UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO TECHNICAL PROBLEMS, WE WERE UNABLE TO RECORD THIS LECTURE AND IT WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO VIEW ONLINE)
- 30 October: What's New in Magnetic Healing?
- 11 November: The Northern Utopia: What is Distinctive About the Nordic Countries
- 13 November: Do We Need a British Bill of Rights and a Written Constitution?
- 18 November: TRIM5, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and the Red Queen
- 20 November: Rescuing the Past: Prayer Books, Parchment and Multi-Spectral Imaging
- 25 November: The Secret of Man's Red Fire
- 27 November: From 'Grey Goo' to Nanomedicine
- 2 December: Earthquake Vulnerability: An Engineer's Perspective With a Difference
- 4 December: Stemming Vision Loss With Stem Cells - Seeing is Believing
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13 November: Do We Need a British Bill of Rights and a Written Constitution?
13 June 2007
Professor Richard Bellamy – UCL Political Science
It has become increasingly fashionable to argue that democracy in Britain isn’t working and that a written constitution and a bill of rights could be at least part of the answer. By contrast, this lecture argues that these are part of the problem and not the solution. Drawing on his recent books ‘Political Constitutionalism’ (2007) and ‘Citizenship’ (2008), Professor Bellamy will show how democratic processes are far more effective at delivering the constitutional goods of rights and the rule of law than courts and also have more legitimacy. Constitutions subvert those processes and contribute to popular disaffection with them, producing a decline in rights protection in the process.
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