Distinguished human rights lawyer, barrister and academic, Professor Conor Gearty argues that a new vision of universal freedom is urgently required.
All aspire to liberty and security in their lives, but few people truly enjoy them.
In his latest book Liberty and Security
, Conor Gearty identifies our world as a 'neodemocratic' one, where the proclamation of universal liberty and security is routinely mocked by facts on the ground: the vast inequalities in supposedly free societies, the authoritarian regimes with regular elections, and the terrible socio-economic deprivation camouflaged by cynically proclaimed commitments to human rights.
At the RSA, Conor Gearty
offers an explanation of how this has come about, providing also a criticism of the present age which tolerates it. He then goes on to set out a manifesto for a better future, a place where liberty and security can be rich platforms for everyone's life. Gearty identifies neo-democracies as those places which play at democracy so as to disguise the injustice at their core. But it is not just the new 'democracies' that have turned 'neo'; the so-called established democracies are also hurtling in the same direction, as is the United Nations.
A new vision of universal freedom is urgently required. Drawing on scholarship in law, human rights and political science, Conor Gearty argues for just such a vision, one in which the great achievements of our democratic past are not jettisoned as easily as were the socialist ideals of the original democracy-makers.
Speaker: Conor Gearty
, Professor of Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics and founder member, Matrix Chambers.
Chair: David Aaronovitch
is a writer, broadcaster and commentator on international politics and the media.