HUMAN RIGHTS EXPERT SPEAKS AT UWE

Issue date: 26 November 2001


Thursday 29 November, 5.30pm to 7.00pm
Room 3S512 Faculty of Education, Frenchay

Human rights expert, Professor Stuart Weir will speak on ‘Assessing the democratic deficit’ at a public lecture hosted by the Centre for Research in Education and Democracy at the Faculty of Education on Thursday 29 November. Professor Weir, from the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex is the Director of the Democratic Audit of the United Kingdom, a major British project in partnership with and funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

The Centre for Research in Education and Democracy (CRED), is a research centre located in the Faculty of Education at UWE. Its primary concerns are to develop research ideas and action which explore the distinctive contribution of education to democracy and the democratic state, and the distinctive contribution of democratic procedures and relationships to education. In his lecture, ‘Assessing the Democratic Deficit’, Professor Weir will address these themes by looking at the criteria for assessing deficit in state democracies.

Professor Weir is a former editor of New Society, was Director of Child Poverty Action the UK pressure group, and the founder of Charter 88 which campaigns for constitutional reform in the UK. Stuart Weir has written and broadcast widely on the Democratic Audit Project, and is a consultant for Channel 4’s ‘The People’s Parliament’. He initiated the first Indo-British Conference on Human Rights and Democracy a joint conference with the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in New Delhi in 1995 and has worked as a consultant for the EU in its Namibia Democracy and Good Government Programme.

Professor Saville Kushner, Director of CRED, said, “It is a great honour for the Research Centre to have a guest speaker of such national stature. At a time when the state of democracy in Britain is increasingly brought into question this lecture offers the opportunity to hear the thoughts of a leading expert in the field.”

-ENDS

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