Ever since the Human Rights Act 1998, which put the principles of the European Convention on Human Rights 1950 into British law, there has been lively debate about whether these principles produce a balance of good or bad effects on British life. Recent political debates about political asylum seekers, whether criminals should be imprisoned for whole life terms, and whether prisoners should have the vote have sparked much interest in the human rights agenda.
Our distinguished speakers for this debate were Adam Wagner, barrister at 1 Crown Court Chambers and founding editor of the UK Human Rights Blog; and Dr Lee Rotherham, Research Fellow at the Taxpayers' Alliance. The debate was chaired by Professor Gary Slapper, Director of NYU London.
Adam Wagner is a barrister at 1 Crown Office Row chambers and specialises in public law, human rights and general civil law, including clinical negligence, discrimination, and personal injury. He has been appointed to the Attorney General’s preferred panel of barristers and is ranked as a leading junior by both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. He is the founding editor of the acclaimed UK Human Rights Blog (ukhumanrightsblog.com) and has been nominated for the Orwell Prize for his legal writing.
Dr Lee Rotherham is a Research Fellow at the TaxPayers’ Alliance and a veteran from behind the stage scenery of European Union politics. After researching for the 'Westminster Group of Eight' Euro rebels, he advised three successive Shadow Foreign Secretaries, a role part-based within the European Parliament. He has been closely involved in a number of grassroots EU campaigning organisations over the years, most notably the Bruges Group, CAFE, and as a columnist for the European Journal. He has been extensively and internationally published on a palette of subjects.