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Ruth Porter and Andrew Lilico: Austerity on trial

Speaker(s): Hugh Tomlinson, Karon Monaghan, Martin Howe, Tim Frost, Will Hutton, Andrew Lilico, Ruth Porter, Magdalena Sepulveda, Polly Toynbee Recorded on 1 March 2013 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building. Does UK government policy on economic austerity breach international human rights law? In an innovative legal proceedings, the charges will be brought, and 'Austerity' defended, by a team of legal experts, backed by distinguished human rights and other specialist witnesses from the UK and around the world. Overseen by a leading barrister acting as judge, the trial will end with a verdict delivered by a jury of children and young people, as well as the audience, and a chance for questions to be posed to the expert witnesses on what the future holds. Tim Frost is a non-executive director of Cairn Capital Group Limited, a full-service credit asset management firm. Prior to joining Cairn Capital he spent 15 years at JP Morgan, latterly as European head of credit sales, trading and research. Among other things he helped in the building of JP Morgan’s European credit derivatives business and served on JP Morgan’s European credit and rates executive committee. Tim is a governor of LSE. Martin Howe is a barrister at 8 New Square, focussing on intellectual property, European Community law, data protection and commercial and public law. He is a member of the Coalition Government's Commission which has been set up to look into the case for a Bill of Rights. Will Hutton is the principal of Hertford College, Oxford University. He is also the chair of the Big Innovation Centre at The Work Foundation – the most influential voice on work, employment and organisation issues in the UK. Will is a governor of LSE. Andrew Lilico is the chairman of Europe Economics, a fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs and a member of the IEA/Sunday Times Monetary Policy Committee. As chief economist of Policy Exchange from 2009-10 he produced what the BBC has described as the "essential theory" behind the Coalition's initial deficit reduction strategy. Karon Monaghan is a barrister at Matrix Chambers and principally specialises in equality and human rights law. he was an adviser to the government's Women and Equality Unit on the Discrimination Law Review which preceded the Equality Act 2010. Ruth Porter is communications director at the Institute of Economic Affairs. She has worked in public policy and communications for nearly a decade. During this time she has represented UK businesses working in areas including software, energy and electronics. She studied politics and philosophy at the University of Warwick before moving to New Zealand, where she worked for the independent think tank, Maxim Institute. Magdalena Sepulveda is the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. She is a Chilean lawyer who holds a Ph.D in International Human Rights Law from Utrecht University in the Netherlands; an LL.M in human rights law from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom and a post graduate diploma in comparative law from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Hugh Tomlinson is a barrister and founding member of Matrix Chambers. He has a wide-ranging practice in both private and public law. He is a noted specialist in media and information law including defamation, confidence, privacy and data protection. His practice also includes advisory work and litigation in the freedom of information field. Polly Toynbee is a British journalist and writer, and has been a columnist for The Guardian since 1998. She was formerly BBC social affairs editor, columnist and associate editor of the Independent, co-edit