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Download the pdf version of the programme here. 9.30 – 17.25 MORNING SESSION Chair: Shaheed Fatima QC, Blackstone Chambers 9.30 – Introduction Jo Hickman, Director, Public Law Project 9.35 – Opening Address: Making the administrative court electronic: The case management system of the future Mrs Justice Cockerill 10.00 – Top public law cases of the year Tristan Jones, Blackstone Chambers Alison Pickup, Public Law Project Mark Smyth, Herbert Smith Freehills 10.45 – Duty of candour and cooperation Charlotte Kilroy QC, Doughty Street Chambers Iain Steele, Blackstone Chambers 11.15 – Break 11.30 – Explaining algorithms and automation: A guide for lawyers An overview of the different technologies, relevant research on human-computer interaction including algorithmic ‘fairness’ and other technologies the use and application of which will be of interest to public lawyers. Reuben Binns, Oxford University Department of Computer Science 12.00 – Morning breakout sessions Please select one of four. 1.Automation and evidence How do you prove that an automated decision may have impacted adversely on people’s rights? What are the practical implications for design and delivery that the state needs to consider when making systems lawful, and what evidence would need to be presented to challenge automated decisions through judicial review? Chair, Katy Sheridan Megan Goulding, Liberty Christopher Knight, 11 KBW Dr Joe Tomlinson, Research Director, Public Law Project and Senior Lecturer in Public Law, University of York Amanda Weston QC, Garden Court Chambers 2. The child’s voice in public law Public law provides a unique and necessary function when it represents the interests of children. This session looks at recent challenges to authorities and policy including the ‘child spies’ case, developments in the law for child refugees and bereavement benefits for parents. Chair, Jason Pobjoy, Blackstone Chambers Professor Helen Stalford, University of Liverpool Victoria Pogge von Strandmann, Simpson Millar Jennifer Twite, Head of Strategic Litigation, Just for Kids Law 3. The Modern Slavery Act, public law and technology This session looks at the implementation of the Modern Slavery Act, the use of technology in ensuring that obligations imposed by legislation are being met, and recent case law developments in modern slavery and trafficking. Chair, Naina Patel, Blackstone Chambers Daniel Hudson, Herbert Smith Freehills Craig Melson, Programme Manager, Tech UK Nusrat Uddin, Wilson Solicitors LLP 4. Judicial review of the regulators – an update This session is an update on judicial review of the regulators and will include a focus on the effect of Brexit on commercial JR as a topic of particular relevance. Marie Demetriou QC, Brick Court Chambers Andrew Lidbetter, Herbert Smith Freehills 13.00 – Lunch AFTERNOON SESSION Chair: Michael Spencer, One Crown Office Row 14.00 – Accountability in the digital state Digitalisation is revolutionising Government, but along with greater efficiencies and insight comes the potential for abuse of power. Will public lawyers be applauding transparent, efficient and fair state decision-making or will technology subvert the Rule of Law? Introduction: Dr Joe Tomlinson, Research Director, Public Law Project and Senior Lecturer in Public Law, University of York Chair, Lord Anderson of Ipswich, KBE QC Panel: Joanna Cavan OBE, Director Strategy, Policy and Engagement at GCHQ Carly Kind, Director, The Ada Lovelace Institute Catherine Miller, Director of Policy, Doteveryone 15.00 – Update on Public Law Project’s work 15.10 – Refreshment break 15.30 – Afternoon breakout sessions Please select one of four 5. Public law and online courts It has been three years since the announcement of the Transforming our Justice System programme. Since then court closures have preceded the widescale arrival of digital, or ‘assisted digital’, courts and tribunals, and while the potential for a digitally transformed system is undoubtedly vast, questions remain around operation, access and digital exclusion. This session looks at the current state of play with the online courts programme and what is at stake with regards to public law and access to justice. Chair, Matt Ahluwalia, Public Law Project Mary Clarke, Regional Judge of the First-tier Tribunal Penelope Gibbs, Transform Justice Professor Sue Prince, Law School, University of Exeter 6. Digitisation and immigration Digitisation in the immigration context has been with us for some time and is about to face its largest systems test yet with the Settled Status scheme. This session will look at issues such as digital exclusion, public law and rights issues with data sharing and automated decision-making flaws. It will also look at problems with individuals accessing, and potentially paying for, outsourced systems essential to making online applications. Swee Leng Harris, The Legal Education Foundation Bijan Hoshi, Public Law Project Jonathan Kingham, LexisNexis Adam Straw, Doughty Street Chambers 7. Compliance at all levels? Enforcing the Human Rights Act Following the cases of Carmichael and RR, what powers do tribunals have to interpret or disapply secondary legislation that violate a claimant’s rights under the European Convention on Human Rights? Chair, Nick O’Brien, Judge of the First-tier Tribunal Rosie Brighouse, Liberty Carla Clarke, Child Poverty Action Group Jennifer MacLeod, Brick Court Chambers 8. The future of environmental judicial review From fracking to pest control, climate change to air quality, environmental judicial review continues to be at the cutting edge of public law with new and experienced NGOs and campaign groups committed to enforcing environmental legislation and challenging Government decision making. Our panel looks at current and future trends and also asks whether, in a post-Brexit UK, environmental standards are at risk. Chair, Nina Pindham, No5 Chambers Carol Day, Leigh Day Katie de Kauwe, Friends of the Earth James Maurici QC, Landmark Chambers David Wolfe QC, Matrix Chambers 16.30 – The public law to-do list Mike Fordham QC, Blackstone Chambers 17.00 – Closing address: Public law and human rights: the challenges ahead Kate O’Regan, Director, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford 17.30 – Finish Events 30 October 2019 9:30 am - 5:30 pm Book now Exchange HousePrimrose StreetLondonEC2A 2HS Standard TicketPrice: £295.00VAT: £0.00Total: £295.00Group booking (standard rate) 3-6 placesPrice: £245.00VAT: £0.00Total: £245.00Group Booking 7-9 placesPrice: £235.00VAT: £0.00Total: £235.00Discounted TicketPrice: £228.00VAT: £0.00Total: £228.00Group booking 10-12 places (standard rate)Price: £220.00VAT: £0.00Total: £220.00Group booking 12-14 placesPrice: £210.00VAT: £0.00Total: £210.00Group booking 15 or more placesPrice: £200.00VAT: £0.00Total: £200.00Group booking (discounted rate) 3-6 placesPrice: £190.00VAT: £0.00Total: £190.00StudentPrice: £10.00VAT: £0.00Total: £10.00 ShareClick to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window) Book a place Bookings are closed for this event.