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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 201