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Charter 88 and the constitutional reform movement: 20 Years On

Charter 88 and the constitutional reform movement: 20 years on. Launch of special issue of Parliamentary Affairs. Wed Dec 9th 2009, Portcullis House, Westminster, 6 - 7.30pm
Guy Aitchison
8 December 2009

This event is happening Wednesday evening - apologies for the short notice. Hope to see some of you there.

Charter 88 and the constitutional reform movement: 20 years on

Launch of special issue of Parliamentary Affairs

Wed Dec 9th 2009, Portcullis House, Westminster, 6 - 7.30pm 

Following on from the very successful conference on Charter 88 last year, CSLS is launching a special issue of Parliamentary Affairs based on papers which were presented at the conference.  This will take place at Portcullis House, Westminster on 9 December 2009 from 6pm.  All are invited to join special issue editor Dr. David Erdos (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford), Unlock Democracy, and Oxford Journals for a free evening of lively discussion and debate on the past, present, and future of UK constitutional reform.  Confirmed members of the panel include Baroness Helena Kennedy (who will act as chair), Peter Facey, Director of Unlock Democracy and Dr. Tony Wright MP, Chairman of the Public Administration Select Committee.  The panel will address three overarching questions which are of as much interest now as twenty years ago when Charter 88 was first launched:

  • What have been the central strengths and achievements of the constitutional reform movement?
  • Where might it have taken a wrong turning, either strategically or in terms of philosophy?
  •  Where do we go from here in order to achieve democratic and constitutional renewal?

Please RSVP to http://charter88journal.eventbrite.com/ - you will  need a ticket to get in.

Further information on the issue itself is available at http://pa.oxfordjournals.org/current.dtl and http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/parlij/specialissue.html

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