The Supreme Court’s judgment in R (UNISON) v Lord Chancellor [2017] UKSC 51 has been widely hailed as a victory for the rule of law in the face of an attack on access to justice.  In a new paper for Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project, Sir Stephen Laws (former First Parliamentary Counsel) challenges this narrative.  Sir Stephen argues that the judgment adopts a problematic conception of the rule of law - which wrongly encourages courts to wade into policy matters that are properly for Government and Parliament to decide. 

Joining Sir Stephen to discuss the Supreme Court's judgment and his critique will be Sir John Laws, former Lord Justice of Appeal; Lord Faulks QC, former Minister of State for Justice; and Professor Anne Davies, Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of Oxford.

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Time and Date
Wednesday 14th March 2018

Registration | 12.45pm
Event start | 13.15pm
Event finish | 14.15pm 

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