Event 2 | Jonathan Sumption | Law in a Time of Crisis


Jonathan Sumption – Law in a Time of Crisis – What is the right relationship between the law and politics, judges and politicians?

Brexit, the possible break-up of the UK, pandemics – this is a country in crisis. In crises the law sets the boundaries of what the Government can and should do. But in a country without a written constitution such as the United Kingdom, the precise limits between legal obligation and convention can be hazy. What are the limits of law in politics? What is the relationship between law and the constitution? Is having a constitution a hindrance or a help in a time of crisis?

In conversation with Howard Davies

When: Sunday 7th November 2021 @ 12.30pm
Where: Electric Palace
Sponsored by: Kitson & Trotman, solicitors


Former Supreme Court Judge, Jonathan Sumption, wrestles with past, present and potential crises that this increasingly divided country faces. From the role of the Supreme Court to the uses of referenda to the rise of nationalisms within the UK, Sumption exposes the subtleties, uses and abuses of legal and judicial interventions. With razor sharp intelligence and far-reaching analysis he counsels caution both in our impulse to radically upend the system and to challenge results that may not be what we want.

Jonathan Sumption, Lord Sumption, is a British judge and historian. He served as a Justice of the Supreme Court from 2012 to 2018 and has written several books of medieval history including The Age of Pilgrimage, The Albigensian Crusade and four books on the Hundred Years War, the third of which, Divided Houses, won the 2009 Wolfson History Prize. He is also the author of the Sunday Times bestseller Trials of the State.

Howard Davies is currently Chair of the NatWest Group and also chairs the London Library. In the past he was, among other things, Director General of the CBI and Deputy Governor of the Bank of England.

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