A Mixed Messes talk on “Is there a conflict between democracy and the rule of law?” 

Delivered by Professor Kate O’Regan, Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford and Director of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights.

Mixed Messes provide an opportunity to engage one to one or in small groups with Members of Hall. This evening begins with a drinks reception where you can meet and later dine in groups of four (a mess) with barrister and judicial members of the Inn. Dinner is preceded by a talk given by a guest of the Treasurer.

Registration location: Benchers’ entrance
Registration: 5.30pm
Qualifying Session
May count towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for barristers: view the Bar Standards Board guidance for CPD
Dress Code: Dark suits and gowns

About the Speaker

Kate O’Regan is the inaugural Director of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and a former judge of the South African Constitutional Court (1994 – 2009). In the mid-1980s she practiced as a lawyer in Johannesburg in a variety of fields, but especially labour law and land law, representing many of the emerging trade unions and their members, as well as communities threatened with eviction under apartheid land laws.  In 1990, she joined the Faculty of Law at UCT where she taught a range of courses including race, gender and the law, labour law, civil procedure and evidence. Since her fifteen-year term at the South African Constitutional Court ended in 2009,  she has amongst other things served as an ad hoc judge of the Supreme Court of Namibia (from 2010 – 2016), Chairperson of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into allegations of police inefficiency and a breakdown in trust between the police and the community of Khayelitsha (2012 – 2014), and as a member of the boards or advisory bodies of many NGOs working in the fields of democracy, the rule of law, human rights and equality.

Booking

This event is open to all Members of the Inn.

Book online via the Gray’s Inn Online System (GIOS).

Cost in-person

  • Students (Gray’s Inn student members only) and barristers within 3 years of Call: £18
  • Barristers (from 3 years of Call) & guests: £25
  • Benchers: £30

Cost online

Online attendance is only available for Circuit students or transferring qualified lawyers (TQLs). 

  • Circuit students / TQLs only: £6

Joining online

This event will also be delivered remotely using Zoom for Circuit students and TQLs only. A link to the join the event will be sent by email 24 hours prior to the scheduled start time. Please ensure you have joined before the session is due to start.

Qualifying Sessions 

Qualifying Session (QS): 1 QS

Theme: Legal Knowledge, Justice and the Rule of Law

Learning outcomes:

  • Analyse concepts and principles in relation to the rule of law, the administration of justice and the Bar of England and Wales.
  • Contribute to legal debate and discussion.
  • Develop legal knowledge and understanding through discussion with practitioners.

This QS relates to the following elements of the Professional Statement for Barristers:  1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 3.1, 4.1

Preparation required: No

To be awarded the QS for this event you are required to join the event on time  and stay for the full duration of the event. Please enter your full name when joining the event so that we can record attendance and update the QS records accordingly. This can take up to two weeks.

Please see Qualifying Sessions for further information.

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