Law and Society
by Newcastle University
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Newcastle University's Insights Public Lectures aim to inform, stimulate, entertain, and excite debate. The lectures cover a wide range of disciplines frequently touching on contemporary issues, particularly those that affect our daily lives and are delivered by distinguished speakers in their field. Here you can find lecture recordings touching on the themes of law and society.
||Common values, common politics: human rights in a new era of British Government||Shami Chakrabarti One year on, how has the Coalition government fared on human rights? Bound together by the language of rights and liberty, the key to its success will be how well it has protected rights and freedoms. The common values of dignity, equal treatment and fairness bind us all, but do they bind the Coalition partners?||6/29/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Beauty and nature: why the National Trusts founding ambitions matter more than ever today||Dame Fiona Reynolds Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the National Trust, observed in 1895 that the need of quiet ... of air ... of exercise, the sight of sky and of things growing seem human needs ... common to all men. She and her fellow founders decvoted their lives to safeguarding parts of the countryside for the nation's benefit, and their intuition is today backed by science. Yet we still do not value enough the physical and spiritual refreshment gained from natural beauty. Dame Fiona discusses how we can address this.||5/17/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Implementing the United Kingdoms Future Force 2020||Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton KCB ADC The planned transition of the RAE force structure was set out in the 2010 Defence and Security Review: the significance of both space and cyber will increase, and success in future conflicts will depend on an ability to operate in the third dimension. The Lecture will stress the level of commitment of the Royal Air Force to current operations before outlining the planned transition of the RAF force structure, as set out in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, and will examine the drivers for the employment of air power in 2020. Technology will allow greater persistence, precision and range, but the realities of the battle-space place a premium on four key capabilities - control of the air; intelligence and situational awareness; mobility; attack.||4/4/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Fair trade, tax paid? The next challenge to ensure trade fights poverty||Dr Alex Cobham The current basis for international trade fails to fully eradicate poverty, making necessary a wider view of fair trade. Its success so far leaves it well-placed to tackle the pricing manipulations that strip profits and tax revenue from the poorest countries.||4/4/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Robert Peel and the modern Conservative Party||The Rt Hon Lord Hurd of Westwall CH CBE PC In 1841 Peel was the first man to become Prime Minister as the result of a General Election victory. His particular asset was the serious thoroughness with which he prepared and took decisions as illustrated among many examples by the foundation of the Metropolitan Police and the Repeal of the Corn Laws.||3/30/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Inventing Iran; Inventing Iraq: Britons and Americans in the Middle East||Shareen Blair Brysac and Karl E Meyer Shareen Blair Brysac and Karl E. Meyer explain how Britain and America changed regimes, implanted thrones and reshaped two oil-favoured nations. They will discuss key characters such as Gertrude Bell, A.T. Wilson, General Edmund (Tiny) Ironside, and Kermit Roosevelt, grandson of Theodore and saviour of the Shah.||3/30/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Can (and should) Iraq survive as a single country and why is it such a bad place to invade||Patrick Cockburn Based on extensive first-hand experience in Iraq, Patrick Cockburn discusses the communal, religious, tribal, and geographical divisions caused, exacerbated or revealed by the 2003 US invasion and subsequent occupation.||3/29/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Standards will drop' - and other fears about the equality agenda in higher education||Professor Chris Brink 'Standards will drop' and other fears about the equality agenda in higher education: Professor Brink will discuss, on the basis of experience in South Africa, the UK and Australia, some common fears and negative opinions about the equality agenda in higher education. The full paper can be read at www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/standards.pdf.||3/29/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Changing discourses on multiculturalism||Professor Bhikhu Parekh Multiculturalism appeared on the British public agenda in the early 1970s and has since undergone several important changes. In recent years multiculturalism has been blamed for a variety of problems including lack of social cohesion and terrorism. This lecture explores why multiculturalism has come to be understood in a negative way, and outline a more sensible way of responding to cultural diversity.||3/29/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Torture Team: abuse and accountability||Professor Phillippe Sands Philippe Sands addresses the circumstances in which the United States embraced the use of torture in the aftermath of 9/11, focusing on the role of the most senior lawyers in the Bush Administration and issues of individual accountability for international crime.||3/29/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||England: New Developments in the Reign of King Athelstan (925-39), the Founder of the Medieval English State||Michael Wood Michael Wood is known internationally as the maker of nearly one hundred documentary films on historical subjects, the latest being The Story of India and Beowulf.||3/28/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Winning women||Theresa Graham, Jane Nolan and Rebecca Howard NU-Women, Newcastle University's women's network, hosts an in-conversation session with inspiring women from a range of backgrounds.||3/23/2011||Free||View In iTunes|