Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC announced as Democracy and Rule of Law Keynote Speaker

The Centre for the Study of International Peace and Security is deeply honoured to announce that Sir Jeffrey Jowell KCMG QC (Hon) will be delivering the keynote speech at the Democracy and Rule of Law conference on 18th November 2017.

The title of his keynote will be Is the Rule of Law a Universal Concept?” 

Registration for the conference is open and available at this link.

Sir Jeffrey’s superior expertise in the subject matter of this conference is reflected by his knighthood (KCMG) for services to democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe. He was the inaugural Director of the Bingham Centre on the Rule of Law, from 2010 to 2015, a position enhanced by the practical experience he gained through his role (between 2000–2011) as the UK’s member of the Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy through Law (“The Venice Commission”) where he assisted with the constitutional and public law of a number of countries. Through his work with the Bingham Centre he has provided extensive advice on rule of law standards in a number of countries.

Sir Jeffrey is a full-time practitioner with Blackstone Chambers and was described in The Times ‘Law 100: the UK’s most powerful lawyers’ list as “a leading authority on public, constitutional and administrative law” and has been recognised for many years by Legal 500 for his “incredible gravitas and authority,” the “very strong public international law dimension to his practice,” and his “enviable reputation.”

The scope of Sir Jeffrey’s work includes judicial review, human rights and planning.  He advises extensively on the drafting of national constitutions, the relationship between the UK and dependent territories, and the design and application of internal regulatory and Ombudsmen schemes. He has appeared on these matters in the courts of Commonwealth countries as well as the Privy Council and the UK Supreme Court.

He has held public office such as Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution; Non-Executive Director of the Office of Rail Regulation (‘ORR’) and Chair of the Ombudsman Committee of British Waterways (later the Canal and Rivers Trust). He is a member of the Foreign Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Rights and Professor Emeritus of Public Law at University College London, where he was Dean of the Law Faculty and a Vice Provost.  His authority as an academic commentator is reflected in many citations to his work in the judgments of courts in this country and abroad.   His many publications include the standard text on Judicial Review (with Lord Woolf et al): de Smith’s Judicial Review (7th ed. 2013) and (with Professor Dawn Oliver), The Changing Constitution (8th ed. 2015).

Sir Jeffrey is a Bencher of the Middle Temple and has been awarded a number of honorary degrees and awards including Hon. Fellow of UCL and Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Cape Town, Athens and Paris.

CSIPS is deeply grateful for the kind dedication of his time to this conference and looks forward to welcoming him on 18th November 2017.

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