Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: What does it mean for the Higher Education sector?

Join us for an in-person discussion on the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill, the Government’s proposed legislation to strengthen freedom of speech in higher education institutions.

Together with our colleagues at Mishcon de Reya and a panel of other experts, we will discuss key issues such as how the Bill would change the legal concept of academic freedom of speech, whether the proposals are fit for purpose, and what the role of regulators, academic institutions and individuals should be.

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James Tooley, PhD, Vice-Chancellor and Professor of educational entrepreneurship and of education policy at the University of Buckingham

Akua Reindorf, Barrister, Judge and Commissioner of Equality and Human Rights Commission

Nina Freedman, President of Union of Jewish Students

Naomi Waltham-Smith, PhD, Reader at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Warwick

James Murray, Senior Associate and Higher Education and Employment lawyer at Taylor Vinters. Expert in law surrounding Academic Freedom and Free Speech on Campus

Robert Lewis, Partner and Head of the Education Group at Mishcon de Reya

The event will be chaired by Professor Anthony Julius, Partner, Deputy Chairman of Mishcon de Reya and Professor in the Faculty of Law, UCL

Session information

When: Wednesday 22 June 2022

Time: 6:00pm – 7.00pm followed by drinks and canapés

Where: Mishcon de Reya, Africa House, 70 Kingsway, WC2B 6AH (view map)

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Please note that capacity is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.