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Overruled : Sam Fowles confronts Our Vanishing Democracy in 8 Cases

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Sam Fowles

We're thrilled to be co-hosting this event with our friends at Edinburgh University's Women In Law.

Our media happily lies to us. Our politicians brazenly break the rules.

When the former Prime Minister illegally prorogued Parliament, Dr Sam Fowles was part of the team that took him to court and won.

In a high-profile Parliamentary inquiry following police violently restraining women at a vigil for Sarah Everard, Sam proved the Metropolitan Police's actions fundamentally breached our right to protest.

Public law barrister Sam Fowles has experience of holding the government to account at the highest level, including taking the Prime Minister to court with the Gina Miller case.

At a crucial juncture for British governance, Fowles urges us not to take our freedoms for granted, we're thrilled to welcome him to the bookshop for a discussion of Overruled: Our Vanishing Democracy in 8 Cases.

About our Speaker:

Dr Sam Fowles is is a public lawyer with a particular interest in constitutional, administrative, information, and planning/environmental law, inquests, and public inquiries.

He has been described as “a star in the making, if not made”, and “the sort of advocate who makes you want to give a spontaneous standing ovation”.

Sam regularly publishes and speaks on constitutional matters. He is a member of the faculty at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford and serves as the Director of the Institute for Constitutional Research, and Counsel to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Democracy and the Constitution.

Sam is a regular media commentator, appearing on BBC Business, Moral Maze, and NPR. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Big Issue, The Independent, The New Statesman, Politics.co.uk, Open Democracy, and Perspective Magazine.

Our host: Olivia is a fourth year Law and Social Anthropology student at the University of Edinburgh. Originally from the United States, Olivia’s current research specializes in human rights law, with focus on protections of artistic and creative expression.

She is currently the Vice President of the University’s Law Students’ Council, and Treasurer of the Women in Law Society. Outside of her studies, Olivia volunteers with Amicus ALJ, a charity that helps provide legal representation for those facing the death row in the United States.

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