What role for the law in our democracy?

The Courts and the Constitution | Sackers, 20 Gresham Street, London |Wednesday 26 February 18:30 | £3

Join us in the heart of the City of London for networking, wine and canapes with the University of Hull Legal Professional Network. All are welcome as we discuss what has, in our times of political turbulence, become a topic of more relevance and importance than ever before: what role should the courts play in our famously unwritten constitution?

The question reaches right to the heart of our politics, with legal technicalities having been presented, in some quarters, as tools for flauting the democratic will of the people. But as we head into uncharted waters and with the rulebook about to be re-written, we will be joined by expert speakers to discuss whether or not centuries of British legal tradition and history will (or should) have any effect on the new British politics.

Confirmed panelists for the event include our very own Professor Philip Lord Norton of Louth, Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies at the University of Hull and sometimes refered to as the UK’s greatest living expert on Parliament. Joining him will be Ben Stevenson (BA British Politics and Legislative Studies, 2006) an International Policy Advisor at the Law Society, who is leading on their work in the UK-US Trade discussions.

The Courts and the Constitution | Sackers, 20 Gresham Street, London |Wednesday 26 February 19:00 | £3

Confirmed Panelists

Lord Norton of Louth (Philip Norton)

Lord Norton has been described as the UK’s greatest living expert on Parliament. He is the Professor of Government, and Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies, at the University of Hull. Lord Norton was appointed to his chair in 1986, making him at the time the youngest professor of politics in the UK. He is the author or editor of 32 books, including The British Polity, now in its fifth edition and Politics UK, with Bill Jones, now in its eighth edition. He was elevated to the peerage in 1998.

Ben Stevenson, The Law Society

Ben graduated from Hull in 2006 with a BA in British Politics and Legislative Studies.  He went on to work for Rt Hon Michael Moore MP for nearly 5 years, primarily advising the Lib Dems on international affairs and supporting election campaigns in Scotland.  In 2010, he took up a role in Brussels for conflict prevention and peacebuilding organisation Saferworld, leading a multimillion-euro policy and advocacy project to influence the EU institutions. Since 2013, Ben has been with the Law Society leading policy and engagement on behalf of the solicitor profession across Asia and the Americas, and now leads on US-UK trade discussions. He also holds an LL.M in international Law. 

Dehenna Davison, MP for Bishop Auckland

Dehenna Davison is Member for Parliament for Bishop Auckland, elected in 2019, the first Conservative elected to represent the constituency since it’s creation in 1885, with a swing of over 9%.

Dehanna’s beliefs and her political career have been influenced by personal tragedy; at 13 her father was killed with a single punch after being attacked in a pub. Going through the courts system, she found politics whilst seeking to tackle injustice. Dehenna graduated from the University of Hull in 2016, having studied British Politics and Legislative Studies. Before becoming an MP she worked as a research and development analyst.

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