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Cherie Booth and Hilary Heilbron

Rose Heilbron

Hay Festival 2014, 

The daughter of the celebrated and glass-Bar-breaking QC and judge discusses her mother’s career and legacy, detailed in her biography Rose Heilbron, Legal Pioneer of the 20th Century – Inspiring Advocate who became England’s First Woman Judge.

Cherie Booth and Hilary Heilbron

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Evan Harris, Joan Smith and Marcus Brigstocke vs Jo Glanville and Catherine Bennett

Press Regulation

Hay Festival 2014, 

In the light of what we know from part 1 of the Leveson Inquiry and from the trial of Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, Hacked-Off campaigners debate the issue of how to regulate the press with the CEO of English PEN and the Observer columnist.

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Luke Harding

The Snowden Files

Hay Festival 2014, 

It began with an unsigned email: ‘I am a senior member of the intelligence community’. The award-winning investigative journalist takes up the story of the NSA whistleblower. Chaired by James Naughtie.

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Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor talks to Rosie Boycott

In conversation

Hay Festival 2015, 
At the age of 68, with the Catholic Church worldwide engulfed by the sexual abuse crisis, Murphy-O’Connor was a surprise appointment as Archbishop of Westminster. He reflects frankly on the mistakes he himself made and on how he responded to the crisis, and he speaks poignantly of how he navigated the tempestuous first decade of the twenty-first century, offering his opinion on the future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis. His memoir is entitled An English Spring.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor talks to Rosie Boycott

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Anthony Arlidge and Igor Judge

Magna Carta Uncovered

Hay Festival 2015, 

The 1215 Runnymede Charter was both radical, in the way subjects tried to limit the power and conduct of government, and conservative, in following the form of Anglo Saxon Charters and trying to return government to the ways of early Norman and Angevin kings. The QC and the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales examine what brought King John to the table, and the impact it’s had on the law of the land.

Anthony Arlidge and Igor Judge

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Arne Hintz, Lina Dencik, Jonathan Cable

Cardiff University Series 2: In An Age of Mass Surveillance

Hay Festival 2015, 

The leaks by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have transformed our understanding of our daily communication through social media, email and mobile phones. Scholars from Cardiff University’s research project Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society will discuss the practices, implications and broader meanings of mass surveillance. Does it work? How does it work, and who and what is monitored? How does it affect civil rights? Have we been properly informed, and how should the media report? How can we protect ourselves?

Arne Hintz, Lina Dencik, Jonathan Cable

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Richard Goldstone talks to Nik Gowing

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want?: The Rule of Law

Hay Festival 2015, 

A conversation with one of the world’s foremost jurists. The ruling in the Groups Areas Act and the Goldstone Commission were fundamental to the transition from apartheid to multiracial democracy in South Africa. At the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Goldstone prosecuted Radovan Karadzič and Ratko Mladić. In 2009, he led a fact-finding mission created by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate international human rights and humanitarian law violations related to the Gaza War.

Richard Goldstone talks to Nik Gowing

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Shami Chakrabarti

On Liberty

Hay Festival 2015, 

On 11 September 2001 our world changed. The West’s response to 9/11 has morphed into a period of ‘exception’. Governments have decided that the rule of law and human rights are often too costly. The Director of Liberty explores why our fundamental rights and freedoms are indispensable and examines the unprecedented pressures those rights are under today. She talks to Susie Symes, economist and chair of 19 Princelet Street.

Shami Chakrabarti

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Polly Toynbee and David Walker

Cameron’s Coup

Hay Festival 2015, 

The team who gave The Verdict on the last Labour administration audit the devastating effectiveness of the Coalition government. ‘Margaret Thatcher sold off the nationalised industries. Her political heirs are intent on leaving an even more radical legacy – selling off the state itself.’

Polly Toynbee and David Walker

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Thomas Buergenthal talks to Philippe Sands

A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy

Hay Festival 2015, 

Liberated from the death camps of Auschwitz at the age of eleven, in adulthood Buergenthal became a judge at the International Court in The Hague, investigating modern day genocides. He returns to the festival with a new postscript to his memoir.

Thomas Buergenthal talks to Philippe Sands

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Peter Horrocks, AC Grayling, Sarah Churchwell and Karen Usher

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want? The Best Universities

Hay Festival 2015, 

More people are going to university in Britain than ever before, and they’re paying to do so. But are the institutions themselves fit for purpose? How could they be better? Horrocks is the new Vice Chancellor of the Open University, Grayling is Master of the independent New College of the Humanities in London, Churchwell is Professor for the Public Understanding of the Humanities at UEA, Usher is the co-leader of the newest university in Britain, the New Model in Technology and Engineering in Hereford.

Peter Horrocks, AC Grayling, Sarah Churchwell and Karen Usher

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Elif Shafak, Rachael Jolley, Sarah Churchwell and David Aaronovitch

The Index Debate: Diss My Mother: Expect a Punch

Hay Festival 2015, 

What are the limits of free speech and civility? What is the nature of ‘offence’? What earns ‘respect’? If words can hurt you, are sticks and stones and broken bones the answer?

Elif Shafak, Rachael Jolley, Sarah Churchwell and David Aaronovitch

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Rosie Harding

Dementia and Vulnerability

Hay Festival 2015, 

‘You can have a dog put to sleep but my mother had to go through hell.’ End of life issues are especially difficult for people with dementia and their family carers, as the person themself is often unable to make and communicate their views in a way that would be respected by our autonomy-centred healthcare decision-making frameworks. Drawing on empirical data from a socio-legal study funded by the British Academy, Professor Rosie Harding of the University of Birmingham explores the social, ethical and legal challenges of maximising dignity for those dying with, and of, dementia.

Rosie Harding

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Peter Hennessy talks to Susie Symes

Establishment and Meritocracy

Hay Festival 2015, 

The interlocking themes of Establishment and Meritocracy form a crucial part of the intellectual compost that made Hennessy’s generation of post-war Britons. The Establishment and the concept of a growing and eventually self-propelling meritocracy were always at odds, and the policies that brought it about dramatically altered British society. He talks to economist Susie Symes, Chair of 19 Princelet Street.

Peter Hennessy talks to Susie Symes

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Thomas Buergenthal, Brian Leveson, Richard Goldstone talk to Philippe Sands

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want? International Law

Hay Festival 2015, 

Four internationally acclaimed jurists discuss which rights might be argued into a new charter for the C21st. Buergenthal serves as a judge at the ICJ in the Hague; Goldstone served as a prosecutor at the ICT after running the Goldstone Commission in South Africa; Leveson is President of the Queens Bench Division and chaired the public inquiry into press ethics in the UK; Sands is Professor of Law at UCL.

Thomas Buergenthal, Brian Leveson, Richard Goldstone talk to Philippe Sands

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Peter Hitchens and Johann Hari

A Rational Debate About Drugs

Hay Festival 2015, 

It’s 100 years since drugs were first banned, and drug use and drug crime have continued to grow steadily across the world. What are people addicted to? Are any of the policies adopted around the world based on scientific data? Are any of them working? Hari is the author of Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War Against Drugs; Hitchens is the author of The War We Never Fought. Chaired by Hernando Alvarez, editor of BBC Mundo.

Peter Hitchens and Johann Hari

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Five short arguments about flashpoints in the Freedom of Speech debates – porn, blasphemy, Israel, national security. Where do we draw the lines? And why?

David Aaronovitch, Rachael Jolley, Tom Holland, David Baddiel, Anita Anand and Jodie Ginsberg

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Bharat Malkani

Capital Punishment

Hay Festival 2015, 

On the 50th anniversary of the last execution to take place in the UK, Malkani, a lecturer at Birmingham Law School, discusses why we are better off without the death penalty and why British efforts to promote the worldwide abolition of capital punishment should be supported. UN statistics suggest the five countries with the highest number of state executions annually are, in order, China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United States of America.

Bharat Malkani

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Gareth Stedman Jones

Cambridge University Series 12: Inventing Necessity - The Strange Genesis of C20th Political Authori

Hay Festival 2015, 

Ideas about states of emergency went back to the politics of Ancient Rome in which it was said that ‘necessity knows no law’. This idea took on a series of different meanings during the early modern period and was employed by the Jacobins during the invasion scare of 1793–94. In 1848 the idea was employed again to justify emergency rule after the June uprising in Paris, but in its later usages, particularly by Marx, the idea was inverted. It was no longer emergency that justified dictatorship. Rather, dictatorship was posited as a desirable outcome in a transition to new forms of society.

Gareth Stedman Jones

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Laura Bates

Everyday Sexism 2015

Hay Festival 2015, 

The online Everyday Sexism Project exists to catalogue instances of sexism experienced by women on a day-to-day basis. It shares stories from women around the world. The founder reports on the last year’s work.

Laura Bates

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Shashi Tharoor and Sonia Faleiro

India’s Hard Truths

Hay Festival 2015, 

Tharoor is a renowned politician and author of The Great Indian Novel, Pax Indica and From Midnight to the Millennium. His latest collection of essays, written during Narendra Modi’s premiership, is India Shastra: Reflections on the Nation in Our Time. Faleiro is author of Beautiful Thing and 13 Men – a report on gang rape in West Bengal. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Shashi Tharoor and Sonia Faleiro

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Peter Jukes and guests

Beyond Contempt

Hay Festival 2015, 

You know all about the phone hacking trial, don’t you? Rebekah Brooks was acquitted and Andy Coulson went to jail. But why? Why was Brooks, the public face of the phone hacking scandal, found not guilty on all charges? Why did Coulson’s expensive defense not impress reporters? What impact did Rupert Murdoch’s millons have on the trial? And why did the jurors reach the decisions they did?

Peter Jukes and guests

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Camila Batmanghelidjh, Helena Kennedy and Sue Berelowitz talk to Jon Snow

Why Does it Happen?

Hay Festival 2015, 

The sexual abuse of children by adult men is a global problem. It appears to happen in every sector of society and the exposure of paedophile rings is a daily news story. But why does it happen at all? Batmanghelidjh runs Kids Company, Kennedy is a human rights lawyer, Berelowitz is Chair, national inquiry into child sexual abuse linked to the family.

Camila Batmanghelidjh, Helena Kennedy and Sue Berelowitz talk to Jon Snow

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Laura Bates, Nimko Ali, Sonia Faleiro and guests

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want? Equality

Hay Festival 2015, 

Is equality law working to deliver equality for women? If not, what’s it going to take? Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism project. Nimko Ali is a social activist, an FGM survivor and campaigner, co-founder of Daughters of Eve. Journalist and writer Sonia Faleiro is the author of Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars and 13 Men.

Laura Bates, Nimko Ali, Sonia Faleiro and guests

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David Starkey

Magna Carta

Hay Festival 2015, 

The historian examines the context of the 1215 charter and its lasting impact on democracy today.

David Starkey

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