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Symposium 2011: Podcasts now available: Realising Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The Law Society held a major two day symposium entitled 'Realising Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the UK on 21 and 22 October', in collaboration with JustFairRead the programme.

It was the largest Law Society event this year with 180 participants over the 2 days. Approximately 60 experts attended and contributed, including UK parliamentarians, leading NGOs, Justice Juan Carlos Henao Pérez, President of the Colombian Constitutional Court, and Justice Albie Sachs, formerly of the South African Constitutional Court.

A written report will be published in the New Year.  In the meantime, you can listen to the following podcasts of the individual speakers:

  • Day one podcasts featuring:
  • Lucy Scott-Moncrieff; Professor Rainer Schulze and Professor John Packer; Professor Francesca Klug OBE; Professor Robert Mc Corquodale; Professor Colin Harvey; Dr Aoife Nolan; Professor Alan Miller; Q and A: ‘Budget cuts, fairness and rights’; Young People’s Advocates (Refugee Youth); Andy Slaughter MP (Shadow Justice Minister); Sorcha McKenna; Baroness Ruth Lister; Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell KCMG QC; Baroness Walmsley; Professor Emeritus Richard Wilkinson; Professor Geraldine Van Bueren; The Poverty Truth Commission

  • Day two podcasts featuring:
  • Professor Sara Chandler; Justice Albie Sachs; Chief Justice Juan Carlos Henao Pérez; Colm O’Cinneide; Professor Paul Hunt; Susan Wright; Professor Kay Hampton; Keith Best; Amanda Ariss; Sue Willman; Irene Biglino; Rita Chadha; Fazil Kawani; Jamie Burton

The conference was designed to facilitate an exchange of views and consider the problems and prospects for the effective enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) in the UK. The feedback suggests it was a great success. 94% of delegates were satisfied with the event (63.2% marked it excellent); 86.9 % rated the quality of speakers as good or excellent (52.8% excellent); 84.8% said they learned something that will help to perform their job better (of which half strongly agreed).