Protecting citizens: the future of Human Rights - a guest lecture by Lord Bach

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On Thursday 19 March, the School of Social Sciences welcomes Lord William (Willy) Bach, Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Foreign and Commonwealth Minister, to deliver a guest lecture Protecting citizens: the future of Human Rights.

  • From: Thursday 19 March 2015, 6 pm
  • To: Thursday 19 March 2015, 8 pm
  • Location: Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

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Event details

On Thursday 19 March, the School of Social Sciences welcomes Lord William (Willy) Bach, Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Foreign and Commonwealth Minister, to discuss Protecting citizens: the future of Human Rights.

The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta may have been rather overused as an excuse to link it with all modern legal theory and practice, but the connection between Human Rights Law and Magna Carta is a real one.

For Britain, the next few years will be crucial for the future of Human Rights Law. Those who support the repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998 risk not only turning the clock back years but also isolating this country from the modern world.

The ever increasing power of the State and large corporations are a strong argument for the law to give greater protection to the individual citizen, not less protection. The recently passed legislation reducing Judicial Review is a step in entirely the wrong direction. That is why the massive attack on Civil Legal Aid is so dangerous, affecting as it does, both Access to Justice and the Rule of Law.

The future of Human Rights in this country should be an important issue in the forthcoming General Election. It is an issue that must be argued in a sensible and reasonable manner. There has already been too many scare stories and base appeals to prejudice. This debate deserves better than this.

Lord Bach

Lord William 'Willy' Stephen Goulden Bach has been a British Labour member of the House of Lords.

Educated at Westminster School and New College Oxford, Lord Bach studied for the Bar between 1970 - 1972 and was a Practising Barrister on the Midland and Oxford Circuit between 1972 - 1999. Specialising in Criminal Law, he was Head of Chambers at King Street, Leicester.

Lord Bach's political career commenced at Leicester City Council in 1976 and includes time at Harborough District Council, Lutterworth Town Council and as Lutterworth Town Mayor. He became a member of the House of Lords on the 27 July 1998 and has since been appointed to a number of positions including Whip in the Lord Chancellor's Department, Home Office, Department of Education and Sciences. Lord Bach became Minister for Defence Procurement in 2001 before being appointed Minister for Farming and Food in DEFRA in 2005. He was then appointed as Whip in the Ministry of Justice, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department of Trade and Industry in 2007 prior to being appointed as the Minister for Legal Aid between 2008 - 2010.

He was appointed Shadow Attorney General in 2014.

Programme

Programme

  • 6 pm - Registration
  • 6.15 pm - Welcome and introductions
  • 6.20 pm - Guest speaker:
  • Lord Bach, Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Foreign and Commonwealth Minister
  • 7.10 pm - Question and answer session
  • 7.20 pm - Post lecture drinks reception and canapés
  • 7.50 pm - Close

Booking information

This event is free to attend but placed are limited so we recommend you book your place as soon as possible.

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Location details

Room/Building:

Newton building, Main Entrance

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street
Nottingham
NG1 4BU

Travel Info:

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