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Jonathan sumption
Jonathan Sumption

Trials of the State: Law and the Decline of Politics

Jonathan Sumption

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

6:00pm

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

Historian and judge Lord Jonathan Sumption argues that it is time to stop relying so much on the courts and to return problems to the politicians.

Sumption says parliaments are struggling to make progress or forge consensus and decisions are often overturned by courts. Many are turning to the courts to solve political and moral questions because they see politicians as ineffective. But who should decide questions such as those on abortion or on prisoners’ rights to vote, politicians or judges? Sumption says rulings of the Supreme Court or European Court often do not put an end to debate and it is time to return some problems to politicians.

Sumption was a Justice of the Supreme Court between 2012 and 2018 and has written books on history including Divided Houses, winner of the 2009 Wolfson History Prize. He gave the 2019 Reith Lectures, arguing that law was taking over the space once occupied by politics.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming