The Matrix Law Pod addresses how law, courts and the rule of law are holding up in the UK and abroad.
The Verdict – Chauvin, Race & Policing
Following the verdict in the George Floyd court case in the USA, Richard Hermer QC and Helen Mountfield QC speak with Prof. Craig Futterman, a Professor at the University of Chicago and the founder of the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, and Raju Bhatt, a leading civil rights lawyer in the UK and a founding member of the Police Action Lawyer Group. Listen as they draw parallels with the UK experience of race and policing and ask the question: is this a pivotal moment in policing in the USA and how the country deals with race?
The Matrix Law Pod is back for a third season. This week Samantha Knights QC and Raza Husain QC are joined by Maya Goodfellow, author of 'Hostile Environments: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats'. Together they cover the history and origins of Hostile Environment, the broad consensus between Conservative and Labour parties on being tough on immigration, the Windrush scandal and the limits of the Courts to temper the harsh effects of the laws and policy in this area.
Women, War And International Law
This week Samantha Knights QC is joined by Christina Lamb OBE (Chief Foreign Correspondent of Sunday Times) and Caroline Buisman (International Criminal Defence and Human Rights Lawyer at Stapert Advocaten). Based on Christina Lamb's new book 'Our Bodies Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women', together they discuss how and why in modern warfare rape is used by combatants as a weapon of war, why this aspect of conflict has been largely untold, and assesses how it has been treated by international law and tribunals.
Law Makers, Law Breakers: the Covid-19 pandemic and the rule of law
This week's podcast follows a panel discussion event organised by Hickman and Rose and Matrix Chambers. Since the virus arrived in the UK in February the Government has introduced a number of new criminal offences seeking to ensure compliance with its public health policies. Listen to our panel of the UK’s leading legal and political minds as they discuss the true impact of the Government’s legal response to the pandemic.
Chaired by Matthew Taylor (Chief Executive, RSA), we hear from Lord Macdonald QC (Barrister, Matrix Chambers and former Director of Public Prosecution), Lord Neuberger (Former President of the Supreme Court), Lord Blunkett (Former Home Secretary)and Jenny Wiltshire (Head of Serious and General Crime at Hickman & Rose).
Build Back Better – Lisa Nandy On The US Elections And Beyond
This week Richard Hermer QC, Murray Hunt and Helen Mountfield QC speak to Lisa Nandy, Labour MP for Wigan. Listen as they discuss topics including the results of the US election, the UK’s international reputation and influence, when it is appropriate for the UK to intervene militarily overseas to prevent crimes against humanity and much more.
RBG To ACB With David Cole
The US presidential election is fast approaching and the result could have wide-reaching consequences, not only for the citizens of the US but for all of us. Topics relating to the future of climate change action, the international legal order, the promotion of international human rights, press freedom and indeed the future of truth and decency in public discourse are all on the table.
This week we speak to David Cole, the National Legal Director of the ACLU and the George Mitchell Professor of Law and Public Policy of Georgetown University in Washington. We avoid the temptation of focusing on the campaigns itself but on the implications of the election for the rule of law in the USA and in particular trying to make sense of the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to fill her place.