Joshua Rozenberg QC is the only full-time journalist to have been appointed Queen’s Counsel honoris causa. After taking a law degree at Oxford he trained as a solicitor. He is an honorary Master of the Bench of Gray’s Inn and a non-executive board member of the Law Commission. Joshua was the BBC’s legal correspondent for 15 years before moving to newspapers. He now presents the popular Radio 4 series Law in Action, which he launched in 1984 and appears regularly on other news networks in the UK and abroad. His forthcoming book Enemies of the People? How Judges Shape Society will be published by Bristol University Press in April 2020.
Composing a Nation
ERETZ-ISRAEL [(Hebrew) – the Land of Israel, Palestine] was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped. Here they first attained to statehood, created cultural values of national and universal significance and gave to the world the eternal Book of Books.
After being forcibly exiled from their land, the people kept faith with it throughout their Dispersion and never ceased to pray and hope for their return to it and for t...
Major Farran’s Hat
David Cesarani discussed his groundbreaking new book about the brutal murder of Jewish activist Alexander Rubowitz in Palestine in May 1947.
Reading like a heady mix of true crime and polemical narrative history, Major Farran’s Hat investigates a shady murder mystery of violence, cover ups and expediency that throws light on Britain’s legacy in the Middle East – a cautionary tale with remarkable and troubling resonance for us all.
A fascinating exploration of J...
Five Ideas To Fight For
Five Ideas to Fight For is a revealing account of the tortuous struggles to secure the establishment of our rights and freedoms in law. Anthony Lester was at the heart of the 30-year campaign that resulted in the Human Rights Act in 1998, as well as the battle to eradicate iniquities in race and gender that led to the Equality Act of 2010.
A fierce argument for why we must be tenacious in fighting to protect the survival of the ideals that enable us to live freely. Anthony Lester debat...
Making a Noise
Journalist, broadcaster, and commanding figure in the arts, John Tusa has had a career fighting for – and winning victories – for the UK’s cultural and critical output. From the battle to create Newsnight in 1979, to standing up publicly for the independence of the BBC, to spearheading the recovery of the Barbican Centre. This is a fascinating romp through 60 years of making friends and, sometimes, enemies at the heart of British arts and media.
Reckonings: Who Cares About Bringing Nazis to Justice?
Eli Rosenbaum of the US Justice Department has been described as ‘the world’s most successful Nazi hunter’. However, Professor Mary Fulbrook, in her new book, Reckonings, argues that the vast majority of Nazi perpetrators have evaded responsibility for their crimes. Seventy years after the Nuremberg Trials, Joshua Rozenberg chaired a panel discussion to explore whether justice has, or ever could have, been done.
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Enemies of the People? How Judges Shape Society
Do judges use the power of the state for the good of the nation? Or do they create new laws in line with their personal views? When newspapers reported a court ruling on Brexit, senior judges were shocked to see themselves condemned as enemies of the people.
But, faced with dreadful legal and moral dilemmas, judges cannot avoid hard choices.
Our panel, former Justice of the UK Supreme Court and Master of the Rolls John Dyson, Barrister Dinah Rose, Philippe Sands, Professor of ...