SOAS University of London

Though the heavens may fall let justice be done?

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Date: 8 August 2013Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 8 August 2013Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G2

Type of Event: Conference

Protecting Democracy, 
Fundamental Rights and Freedoms in Times of Crisis

Democratic regimes are not immune from internal and external security problems, social tensions, and severe economic crisis.  It is during such times that judges are presented with their greatest challenge of protecting fundamental human rights and freedoms.   

This one day conference, organised by the SOAS Hotung Programme and Doughty Street Chambers, will provide a forum for a comparative assessment of the role of judges in times of national stress.

The conference will commence with a screening of the award-winning documentary ‘The Law in These Parts’.

The discussion panels will offer diverse perspectives of three sectors of the legal profession: judges, practitioners and academics.


  • Justice Emeritus Albie Sachs, Constitutional Court of South Africa
  • Justice Andreas Paulus, Federal Constitutional Court of Germany
  • Professor Iain Scobbie, SOAS, University of London
  • Professor Orna Ben-Naftali, College Of Management Academic Studies, Israel
  • Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Doughty Street Chambers & Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House)
  • Dr Gunnar Beck, SOAS, University of London
  • Tim Moloney QC, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Andreas Coutsoudis, Advocate, Durban Bar, South Africa

CPD: 6.5 points

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