16 May A Breakfast with… Professor Yuval Shany
Circle Sq. members and guests enjoyed a thought-provoking and engaging discussion over breakfast in the company of two eminent jurists, Professor Yuval Shani, member and former Chair of the UN Human Rights Committee, and Clive Sheldon QC, advocate and champion of human rights.
Speaking of the Human Rights Committee (in contrast to the more politically-constituted Human Rights Council), Professor Shani emphasised its independent, technical and expert approach, which allows it to approach often politically-charged issues from a more legalistic, and thus more objective, perspective.
The conversation ranged widely, from abortion in Ireland to judicial review in Israel, polygamy in South Africa, the benefits cap in the UK, cybersecurity, the growth of hate speech fuelled by social media, privacy, the apparently limited powers of Canadian courts in constitutional matters, and more.
A key underlying theme was the complex and critical relationship – in some jurisdictions of course, this means the tension and the conflict – between the courts and politicians.
We came out of the breakfast into bright sunshine, pleased to have touched briefly and constructively on some very important issues, and with an appetite for more discussions of this kind.
Thank you to Harbottle & Lewis for hosting the event.