On 27 October 2020 Lord Sumption provided the 2020 Cambridge Freshfields Lecture entitled “Federal government by decree – Covid-19 and the Constitution”.
The disputes over Brexit last year saw an attempt to make the executive, not Parliament, the prime source of authority in the Constitution. The coronavirus crisis has actually provoked another attempt to marginalise Parliament, this time with the ready submission of your home of Commons. Is this to be our future?
Lord Sumption is an author, historian and attorney of note. He was selected straight from the practicing Bar to the Supreme Court, and served as a Supreme Court Justice from 2012-18 In 2019, he delivered the BBC Reith Lectures, “Law and the Decrease of Politics”, and is now a routine commentator in the media. He continues to sit as a Non-Permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal. Together with his profession as a legal representative, he has also produced a substantial and highly-regarded narrative history of the A century’ War in between England and France (with volume V still to come).
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