Weekly round-up of events

This week’s event announcements include:

  1. ‘The Legal Framework for UK Aid After Brexit’, Current Legal Problems lecture, UCL, 1 November 2018
  2. ‘”Things Done in the Dark and in the Middle of the Night”: Nehru, Kashmir, and the Subterfuges of Building Constitutional Democracy’, The Inaugural Arthur Berriedale Keith Lecture, Edinburgh, 5 November 2018


UCL Current Legal Problems lecture

The Legal Framework for UK Aid After Brexit

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

1 November 2018

UCL Laws, London WC1H 0EG
Speaker: Professor Ambreena Manji (School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University)
About the lecture: With the enactment of the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015, the United Kingdom has enshrined an aid target in law. It is now under a legal duty to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) each year on aid. Since the decision to exit the European Union, questions are being asked about how aid might be spent in the ‘national interest’ to boost post-Brexit trade. The UK has a detailed legislative framework for international development aid. Professor Manji will argue that it is nonetheless inadequate in the current context and must be revised.

The Current Legal Problems (CLP) lecture series and annual volume was established over fifty five years ago at the Faculty of Laws, University College London and is recognised as a major reference point for legal scholarship.

For more information and to register for the event, click HERE.


The Inaugural Arthur Berriedale Keith Lecture
‘Things Done in the Dark and in the Middle of the Night’: Nehru, Kashmir, and the Subterfuges of Building Constitutional Democracy
Professor Sunil Khilnani
Avantha Chair and Director of the King’s India Institute
05 November 2018
17.00 to 18.30
The Playfair Library, Old College, Edinburgh EH8 9YL

Abstract: This lecture examines Jawaharlal Nehru’s attitude to democratic and constitutional norms at a moment of crisis, in the years after independence and partition. It considers Nehru’s judgements and actions as he tried to balance Hindu communal mobilization, Muslim minority fears, and Kashmir’s ambitions for regional autonomy, all within the still unformed institutions of the Indian union. I argue for a more complex understanding of Nehru, the geopolitics of his era, and the political options and choices confronting him and his country. The chapter points to some of the tensions between nationalism (even of the secular, plural Nehruvian variety) and democracy in the founding era, and between democracy and constitutionalism in its Indian ‘asymmetric’ forms.

This event is free, open to all but registration is required HERE.

For more information, see HERE.