Named after the legendary legal pioneer Dame Rose Heilbron QC, our new lecture series aims to champion female experts in the legal profession by giving them a platform to deliver thought-provoking lectures that shape the debate on topical legal issues. We also hope to thereby counter the often male-dominated lecture circuit.

Each year will focus on a different topical theme.

 

Our 2021 Lecture:

 

 

Learning Our Time’s Fables’ by Law Commissioner Professor Sarah Green

 

The 2nd annual lecture was held on Tuesday 23 November on the topic of ‘time out’, and was delivered in an online format. Following an introduction from our patron, Lady Hale, Professor Green explored certain paradoxes of the pandemic, including how we are more connected and yet more isolated than before. 

Through a masterful series of ‘fables’, Sarah explored how work patterns and their organisation are going to change for the long term and the importance that the diverse range of women’s voices are central to shaping those new patterns.

Why women? Because they have more experience in aggregate of trying to achieve a balance and also because being in the “home” environment is generally more charged for women than it is for men.

Also explored in this thought-provoking lecture were the topics of what the law can do in relation to flexible working, the embracing of technology for more effective flexible working, as well as the following questions: Is the law enough, or does there still need to be a cultural shift? Does the practice of law suffer particularly from the reduction in physical presence?

The lecture concluded with a 15-minute Q & A, where Lady Hale shared her initial reaction to the lecture, which she described as a “mind-expanding experience.”

You can watch the recording of the lecture here.

You can also read the full lecture script below.

 

Our Inaugural Lecture 2020:

 

 

Love, Law and Government in the time of Coronavirus‘ by Kirsty Brimelow QC

 

Our inaugural lecture was held on Tuesday 1 December via Zoom and was on the topic ‘freedom’. It was delivered by Kirsty Brimelow QC, barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and leading expert in international human rights and criminal law. Kirsty’s fascinating and timely lecture was titled ‘Love, Law and Government’ and reflected on the response to Covid-19, what it means for individual human rights, the common good and ultimately what future lies ahead for British society.

We were also honoured to be joined by Lady Arden, who introduced the lecture series with a few inspiring words about her admiration for Dame Rose Heilbron QC. Drawing the event to a fitting close, Dame Rose’s very own daughter Hilary Heilbron QC shared a tribute to the legacy of her mother. 

You can watch the lecture recording here: https://youtu.be/D8z5MJtn__s 

You can also read the full lecture script below.