When: 16/04/2015 18:30 - 20:30

Venue: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

Cost: No charge

CPD hours: 1.5

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Every year the Law Society holds a human rights essay competition. The competition is run by the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society. It is named after Graham Turnbull, a British solicitor who was killed in 1997 while working as a United Nations human rights monitor in Rwanda. Law students, pupils, trainee solicitors and young lawyers from around the globe were invited to enter. The competition is being judged by Dominic Grieve, former Attorney General.

This event will discuss the essay title of the competition:

’The roots of many of our basic rights go back to the Magna Carta whose 800th Anniversary is being celebrated in 2015.

Given this important legacy, to what extent would proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 and pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights impact on the protection of human rights in the UK and around the world?’

On the evening we will hear from Conor Gearty, human rights expert and professor of human rights law at LSE. The winner and runner up of the competition will also be awarded their prizes by the former Attorney General Dominic Grieve.

To find out more about the competition please see:




18.00: Registration

18.30: Welcoming remarks

18.35: Presentation to winners

18.50: Speech by the winner of competition

19:00: Guest Speakers

19.40: Questions and discussion

19.50: Drinks reception

20.30: Close