Democracy, the Rule of Law, and Access to Justice (2008)

Lectures were held at the University of Exeter and were open to the public at no charge. The same questions were put to all speakers:

What issues and assumptions need to be clarified with respect to the relation between concepts of 'democracy', 'rule of law', and 'access to justice'?

Where are the present-day 'pressure points' with respect to the gaining of access to justice by minority groups?

What contribution, if any, might members of the major world religions make to these debates?

Speakers included:

Professor Mashood Baderin, Professor of Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and founding co-editor of the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights (
Access to Justice: An Islamic Perspective.

The Reverend Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, University of Oxford.
Invoking God in Public Reason: Jürgen Habermas's 'Postsecular' Second Thoughts.

Dr Matthew Gibney, University Reader in Politics and Forced Migration at the Oxford Refugee Studies Centre.
The Rule of Law: Deporting Citizens: Denaturalisation in the UK before and after September 11.

Professor Richard Moorhead, Professor of Law, University of Cardiff.
Access to Justice: The Rich, The Poor and the Socially Excluded.