Hamlyn Lecture: "The most contentious problem: Comparing rights in conflict"

Hamlyn Lecture: "The most contentious problem: Comparing rights in conflict"
05 Nov 2018, 18:00 to 05 Nov 2018, 19:00
Middles Temple Hall, London EC4Y 9AT


London Hamlyn Lecture 2018

Venue: Middles Temple Hall, London EC4Y 9AT

Robin Allen QC, this year’s Hamlyn Lecturer, will give the 2018 London Hamlyn Lecture on “The most contentious problem: Comparing rights in conflict” on Monday 5 November at Middle Temple Hall, London EC4Y 9AT.  The lecture will be chaired by Dame Laura Cox, former Judge of the High Court.

This is the third and final lecture in the 2018 Hamlyn Lecture Series on “Why does Equality seem so Difficult? Three Problems in Comparison” being delivered in Belfast, Edinburgh and London.

Aristotle said that equal treatment required like situations to be treated alike, and unlike situations differently. Ever since, jurists, politicians and the public have argued over when situations are, and are not, alike. In the 2018 Hamlyn Lectures Robin Allen QC discusses three aspects of this problem of comparison at the heart of equality law.

Robin Allen QC is Joint Head of Cloisters Chambers, Bencher of Middle Temple and Chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee of the Bar Council of England and Wales. He specialises in employment, equality, equal pay, discrimination, human rights and public law. He has been instructed in many cases concerning equality rights including the conflicts cases in the Supreme Court, as an intervenor for the EHRC in The Jewish Free School Case, for Mr Hall and Mr Preddy in Bull & Bull v Hall & Preddy, for Mr Pauley in FirstGroup PLC v Paulley and most recently earlier this year for Mr Lee in Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd.

Chair: Dame Laura Cox QC, former Judge of the High Court.


A copy of the poster for the London Hamlyn Lecture is available here

For further information about the 2018 Hamlyn Lectures and the Hamlyn Trust

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the Hamlyn Trust are grateful for the generous support of Middle Temple.

This lecture is free but advance booking is required


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