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Some featured events are listed below. For a full listing of CPL events in 2007 please refer to the events calendar.

The Seventh Sir David Williams Lecture: "The Widening Gyre: Counter Terrorism, Human Rights and the Rule of Law" The Hon Mr Justice Arthur Chaskalson, Retired Chief Justice of South Africa.

On Friday 11th May 2007 the Centre for Public Law held the seventh in the series of lectures in honour of Sir David Williams. The lecture, entitled "The Widening Gyre: Counter Terrorism, Human Rights and the Rule of Law" was given by The Hon Mr Justice Arthur Chaskalson, Retired Chief Justice of South Africa.

A separate page containing the text of the lecture is available here.


Conference on "Extreme Speech and Democracy".

On the 21/22 April, the Centre held a one and a half day conference addressing the issues relating to Extreme Speech in a Democratic Society.  Further details on the conference can be found here.


Public Law Discussion Group

(For Faculty Members and Research Students)


Professor James Weinstein, Professor of Constitutional Law at Arizona State University, gave a talk entitled "Hate Speech and Democracy", Thursday 1st February at 1pm in B16 (Faculty of Law).

Professor Matthew Palmer, Victoria University of Wellington, gave a seminar entitled “The Languages of Constitutional Dialogue: Constitutional Realism about Judges and Politicians", Thursday 8th March 2007, at 1 pm in G28 (Faculty of Law).  At the time of giving the seminar, Professor Palmer was working on a book about the Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand's law and constitution, as the 2005 International Research Fellow of the New Zealand Law Foundation.

Mr David Bilchitz, Senior Researcher at the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law, gave a paper entitled "Socio-Economic Rights: Making Fundamental Rights Work for the Poor" on Tuesday 15 May at 1 pm in G28 (Faculty of Law).

Nick Barber, Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford gave a paper entitled "Constitutional Conventions that become Laws" on Monday 29th October at 6pm in the Moot Court Room (Law Faculty).


Centre for Public Law Graduate Seminars

(Seminars led by doctoral students writing dissertations with a public law aspect)

Jessie Hohmann, "International Legal Approaches to Inadequate Housing", Tuesday 30 January 2007
Matthew Lewans, "Rethinking the Diceyan Dialectic", Tuesday 13 February 2007
Emma Waring, "Private Bodies, Public Powers, and Compulsory Purchase", Tuesday 27 February 2007
Lulu Matakala, "Rethinking Zambian Inheritance Law in the Light of International Human Rights Law", Tuesday 13 March 2007
Daniel Joyce, "International Law and the Media: A Multifaceted Relationship", Tuesday 1 May 2007.

If you are a Cambridge graduate student interested in presenting work in progress at a workshop in this series, please contact Dr Amanda Perreau-Saussine (


Evening Lecture

Justice Dato’ Gopal Sri Ram (Malaysian Court of Appeal) gave an evening lecture entitled "Religion and the Malaysian Courts – Recent Developments", Monday 7 May at 5.30pm in G38 (Faculty of Law). The talk covered both the Lina Joy case (consent of Shariyah Courts required to convert from Islam) and the litigation over wearing religious dress in schools.


LCIL/CPL Lecture

The Hon. Michael Black AC (Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia) gave a joint LCIL/CPL lecture entitled "Human Rights without a Bill of Rights" at the Lauterpacht Centre, Wednesday 9 May at 5.30pm.