Programme Details

The Putney Debates 2019  The Courts: Friend or Foe?


Session I: What Is Judicial Independence and Why Is It Important? 

4.006.00pm, Wednesday 13th March

Chair: Joshua Rozenberg, renowned legal commentator


Robert J Sharpe, Justice of the Court of Appeal for Ontario

Mark Knights, Professor of History, University of Warwick

Catherine BarnardProfessor in European Union Law and Employment Law, Cambridge

John W Adams, Adjunct Professor in Political Science, Rutgers University

Linda Mulcahy, Director, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford

Denis GalliganOxford Socio-Legal Professor and Putney Debates convenor


Session II: Is Judicial Independence Under Attack?

1.303.30pm, Thursday 14th March

Chair: Denis GalliganOxford Socio-Legal Professor and Putney Debates convenor


Ezequiel Gonzalez OcantosAssociate Professor in Politics & International Relations, Oxford

Joshua Rozenberg, renowned legal commentator

Katarína Šipulová, Senior Researcher, Judicial Studies Institute, Masaryk University, Brno

Bogdan Iancu, Associate Professor, University of Bucharest

Alison Pickup, Barrister & Legal Director, Public Law Project 

Amir Paz-Fuchs, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Sussex


Session III: How Can We Defend Judicial Independence?  

4.306.30pm, Thursday 14th March

Chair: Joshua Rozenberg, renowned legal commentator

Panellists include:

Frank VibertSenior Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics, formerly UN and World Bank

Nick Friedman, Biegun Warburg Junior Research Fellow in Law, Oxford

Daniel Smilov, Political Scientist, and Programme Director at the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia

Graham Gee, Professor of Public Law, University of Sheffield

Paul Magrath, Barrister & Head of Product Development, Incorporated Council of Law Reporting


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