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Wed, 19 Feb 2020
Three quarters of a century on the seminal 1944 Education Act continues to influence the structure of education in England and Wales. On 10 February 2020 the NSS Secular Education Forum chair Keith Sharpe gave a talk on the history of the Act, its impact and its legacy for the role of religion in state schools today.
Thu, 30 May 2019
Dr Ahmed Shaheed, United Nations Commission on Human Rights: "Introduction to Religious Freedom"
Secularism 2019: Reclaim Religious Freedom was held by the National Secular Society on May 18th 2019 at the Tower Hotel in London.
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Dr Michael Irwin, Former chairman, Voluntary Euthanasia Society
Michael Irwin is a former Medical Director of the United Nations, in New York (1982-1989). He has campaigned for legalised doctor-assisted suicide since 1994, having been Chairman of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society (1996-1999, and again 2001-2003), and President of the World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies (2002-2004). He founded the Secular Medical Forum in 2006, and the Society for Old Age Rational Suicide in 2009 (in 2016, SOARS was renamed My Death My Decision). Since 2005, Michael has accompanied five individuals to Switzerland to witness their doctor-assisted suicides.
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
Dr Jacky Davis, Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying
Consultant radiologist Whittington Hospital; Member BMA Council; Member BMA ethics committee; Chair of Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying Board member Dignity in Dying.
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Ann Furedi, British Pregnancy Advisory Service
Ann Furedi is Chief Executive of British Pregnancy Advisory Service, a not-for-profit provider of abortion services in the UK. She is a leading pro-choice advocate and has written extensively on issue relating to pregnancy and birth control.
Tue, 13 Nov 2018
Brian Earp, The Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Brian is Associate Director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy at Yale University and The Hastings Center, and a Research Fellow in the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. Brian's work is cross-disciplinary, following training in philosophy, cognitive science, psychology, history and sociology of science and medicine, and ethics. He has been widely published and has been cited in a landmark British high court case by Sir James Munby.
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
James Chegwidden is a barrister practising from Old Square Chambers in London. Originally from Australia and called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in 2008, he specialises in equality and discrimination law and public law cases. He formerly worked as avocat stagiaire at the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, and was appointed Attorney General's Counsel to the Crown in 2013.
Sat, 10 Nov 2018
Michael Thomson is Professor of Health Law at the University of Leeds and University of Technology Sydney. At Leeds he is the founder and Director of the School's Centre for Law & Social Justice. His research interests span the fields of health law, children's rights, and legal and political theory. In health law, he has written extensively on the legal regulation of reproduction and non-therapeutic genital cutting.
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
Dr Lempert is a partner in a rural GP practice on the Welsh/English border. Since 2008 he has coordinated and chaired the SMF which works to protect patients from the harm caused by the imposition on them of other people's personal beliefs. Dr Lempert is a BMA representative, and chairs the Shropshire division of the BMA.