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Seminars

These seminars are usually held in a Government Department, aimed at bringing together academics and policymakers to address a specific policy area.

  • Prevention of Torture - Held in partnership with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), this seminar aimed to help enhance the UK Government’ strategy on torture prevention around the world. The Human Rights and Democracy Department at the FCO said: 'The seminar generated fruitful discussion between policy officials, academics and the NGO community about how the FCO could take forward a priority area of work: torture prevention. The subject expertise and varied experience of the participants helped us to identify realistic objectives, criteria for prioritising our efforts and activities which would contribute to achieving our objectives. This has come together to form the FCO Strategy for the Prevention of Torture 2011-2015.'
  • Communities and Local Government - The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) leads on a cross council concordat with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The primary aim of the concordat is to provide a framework for current and future collaborative activities between DCLG and RCUK to enhance knowledge exchange and improve the evidence base relevant to the Department’s strategic objectives.
  • Contested Autonomy in Public Policy and Professional Practice - The AHRC has commissioned research to be undertaken by Professor Wayne Martin and colleagues at the University of Essex, to assess the Mental Capacity Act and the impact of case law coming through the court of protection on the delivery of frontline services affecting vulnerable people. They provide training for care workers, medical practitioners, legal professionals and others, plus they work directly with the Government officials responsible for the development of policy in this area holding regular seminars and meetings.
  • Lessons Learnt from the History of British Intelligence and Security - A series of seminars were held in the summer of 2010 in partnership with King's College London (KCL) at the FCO, the Cabinet Office and The Royal United Services Institute. See details and briefing documents and what people said about the seminars. As a result of this seminar series, the AHRC is commissioning further research and seminars throughout 2011 and 2012 in partnership with Loughbrough University and the Cabinet Office to build on the previous seminars, improving and developing the relationship between historical researchers and Government.
  • Parliaments and Human Rights - The AHRC has funded Professor Murray Hunt (visiting Professor of Law at Oxford and Legal Adviser to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights [JCHR]) to undertake the first systematic analysis of the work of the JCHR over the course of one Parliament. It comprehensively assesses the effectiveness of legislative - rather than judicial methods - of protecting the human rights of citizens in the UK.  This report was published in April 2012 (PDF, 1.9MB).
  • Human Rights policy making seminar held at the Ministry of Justice. This brought together academics and policymakers to discuss future challenges in human rights policymaking in the UK. You can also read a report of the event. (PDF, 160KB)
  • Genetic Discrimination - Held in partnership with the Human Genetics Commission (HGC), this seminar marked the start of an investigation of the concept of genetic discrimination by academics, practitioners and policymakers.
  • Preventing Violent Extremism - a seminar held at the Home Office chaired by then Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Paul Wiles.