Location: The Banco Court, Supreme and District Courts Brisbane
The Robert Menzies Institute (RMI) and The University of Queensland School of Law are proud to host Lord Jonathan Sumption as he addresses the rule of law in a time of crisis at this free public lecture.
You will be welcomed by the RMI’s CEO Georgina Downer and UQ’s Dean of Law Rick Bigwood and invited to network with Lord Sumption and guests over canapés and drinks following the lecture.
Event summary:
The COVID-19 pandemic saw governments around the world respond using various methods to flatten the curve. Each federal, or indeed state, decision resulted in a considerable impact on the local judicial system and rule of law. As we collectively emerge from this historic event and return to a blurry version of ‘normal’, it is time to take stock and reflect on the impact of these restrictions and how we might do things differently when the next pandemic hits.
In this lecture, Lord Sumption will explore the impacts of the pandemic response in the context of the rule of law.
The lecture will focus on the events of the past two years and unpack the impact on civil liberties and current threats to liberal democracy during these times of crisis, including judicial encroachment on the political sphere and cancel culture.

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