Each year, the Foundation organises an event, either a debate or a panel discussion or a lecture given by leading experts on various aspects of European law.
If you would like to read the text of previous events (if this is available), please click on the link in the relevant lecture description below.
Slynn Foundation Lecture – Aspects of the legal issues and implications of Brexit for the UK and for Europe (5 March 2018)
The Foundation was delighted that The Rt Hon the Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd who had recently retired as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, agreed to give the 2018 Lecture
His timely and insightful lecture covered the approach to the issues that arise in the context of Brexit and of the importance of legal services and dispute resolution to the UK economy. Lord Thomas referred to the urgent need for open discussion of the very complex issues that arise from Brexit and for an open and dispassionate analysis of the options that not only will serve the UK best, but which can also form a realistic basis for negotiation and agreement with the EU.
The Foundation is extremely grateful to Lord Thomas and to Clifford Chance who again generously hosted the event.
The full text of Lord Thomas’ speech can be found here
Slynn Foundation Debate – Referenda are Foreign to the British Constitution (11 April 2016)
The debate was chaired by The Rt Hon Sir Patrick Elias with The Rt Hon Sir Stanley Burnton and Peter Kellner CBE FBA proposing and Professor Vernon Bogdanor and Dominic Grieve MP QC opposing.
The audience was treated to a highly entertaining and thought provoking debate with both sides firmly putting their respective cases. Following the debate, members of the audience enthusiastically took the opportunity to question the panel further.
The Foundation is extremely grateful to all those who took part and is especially grateful to Grays Inn for kindly hosting the event and the reception afterwards.
Slynn Foundation Second Forum – Does human rights law mean that the days of national boundaries are numbered? (23 March 2015)
Our 2nd Open Forum took place on Monday 23 March 2015. The event was chaired by Dominic Grieve QC MP and the speakers were Lord David Pannick QC, Sir Maurice Kay and Kirsty Brimelow QC. It was a very successful evening and we are extremely grateful to the distinguished panel for giving us their fascinating insights into this complex topic. We are also very grateful to Clifford Chance for generously hosting this event and for their continuing support of the Foundation’s work.
Slynn Foundation Open Forum – Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Human Rights and the Future (17 March 2014)
The Foundation’s annual public event for 2014 took the form of an Open Forum on the topic, ‘Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Human Rights and the Future’. The panel was chaired by Lord Hope of Craighead, who recently retired as Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court and its members were Sir David Edward and Sir Konrad Schiemann, the last two British judges at the European Court of Justice, and Dame Mary Arden, a Lady Justice of Appeal. Following the presentations, there was a Q&A session. The text of Sir Konrad’s presentation can be viewed here.
Tenth Lecture ‘The Supreme Court: Reflections on the First Three Years’ (12 November 2012) – The Rt Hon the Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers KG PC
The lecture was given by Lord Phillips,a Patron of the Foundation, who had recently retired as President of the UK Supreme Court, at Clifford Chance on. The lecture, and reception which followed, were held at Clifford Chance and was generously hosted by them, as was the small dinner held afterwards for the speaker.
Ninth Lecture – Facing the legal challenges of financial regulation in the EU (7 March 2011) – Jonathan Faull, Director General for Internal Market and Services at the European Commission,
The Ninth Lecture (and the first Lord Slynn Memorial Lecture) was chaired by The Rt Hon Shirley Williams, a Patron of the Foundation, and was followed by a drinks reception.
Eighth Lecture – Judging the Administration in France: Changes Ahead? (27 November 2007) – M. Jean-Marc Sauvé, Vice President of the Counseil d’Etat, France
This was held in the Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre and was chaired by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, a patron of the Foundation. The lecture was followed by a dinner. The lecture and the dinner were sponsored by Ashurst.
Seventh Lecture – Winds of Change in the Strasbourg Court (17 May 2007) – Sir Nicolas Bratza QC
This lecture was held at at King’s College, London and chaired by Lord Lester of Herne Hill The event was generously sponsored by Ashurst.
Sixth Lecture – The EU Constitution: What Next? (15 October 2005) – Lord Wallace of Saltaire
The lecture was held in the Great Hall of Gray’s Inn and was chaired by the Rt Hon Sir Brian Neill Dinner was held in the Spy Room. The lecture, reception and dinner were sponsored by Ashurst.
Fifth Lecture – Globalisation and the Law (14 October 2003) – The Rt Hon Christopher Patten CH
The fifth lecture was held in the Great Hall of Gray’s Inn. He spoke on “Globalisation and the Law and Lord Justice Henry Brooke gave the vote of thanks. Dinner was held in the Inner Temple. The lecture, reception and dinner were sponsored by Ashurst.
Fourth Lecture – Europe’s Role in the World (21 October 2002) – Lord Hannay of Chiswick GCMG
Lord Hannay is former British Permanent Representative to the EU in Brussels and British Permanent Representative to the UN.. Patron of the Foundation. The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP gave the Vote of thanks. The Rt Hon Lord Justice Brooke presided. Reception and dinner was sponsored by Ashurst.
Third Annual Lecture – The ICJ and the EEC: Two Courts in Europe (10 April 2003) – H E Judge Rosalyn Higgins DBE
The Third Annual Lecture was held in the Senate House, University of London. and was chaired by Lord Wilberforce. The event was generously sponsored by Ashurst Morris Crisp. The lecture was followed by a reception in Senate House and dinner.
Second Annual Lecture – Environment: Building a European Framework (10 May 2000) – Sir Crispin Tickell GCMG GCVO
The second annual lecture took place on King’s College London and was chaired by the Lord Chief Justice, The Rt Hon Lord Bingham of Cornhill. The Lecture was followed by a reception in the Council Room of King’s College. The lecture and dinner afterwards was sponsored by Ashurst Morris Crisp.
First Annual Lecture – Drinks in Luxembourg: Alcoholic Beverages and the Case Law of the European Court of Justice (22 March 1991)
The President of the Court of Justice of the European Communities, His Excellency Gil Carlos Rodriquez Iglesias gave the first lecture. The lecture was introduced by the Lord Chancellor and took place in University College London. The dinner and reception was generously sponsored by Linklaters Alliance, Norton Rose and Freshfields.