San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
In our first public event of 2015 we aim to tackle the challenging issue of Security, terrorism and human rights – making London resilient at an IRDR Panel Discussion meeting on Thursday 5th March from 6.00 p.m. at UCL. This is open to all UCL staff and students and to members of the public. It will be followed by a drinks reception in the Haldane Room, North Cloisters.
Fresh after the terrorist outrage in Paris, the British Government has sought to enshrine in legislation, what some have argued would be draconian obligations on universities to monitor non-violent subversives on campus and prevent them being drawn into terrorism. Powers to restrict the freedom of speech on campus could be available to the Home Secretary through court orders if the universities themselves fail to ban extremist speakers. The aim is to increase security and make the UK more resilient to terrorist outrages. But does Article Three of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person” trump all other rights, including the rights, which are so important for universities, of freedom of opinion and expression from Article 19? This is not a new issue, but the framing of the arguments in terms of increasing resilience opens the question, what is resilience?
To discuss this we have assembled an expert panel including Noemie Bouhana from the UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science, London First, a non-profit organisation aiming to make London a safe city for business and an expert on international terrorism. We have also invited a Home Office minister. A key aim of the IRDR is to engage in public debate on issues in risk and disaster reduction and create a space for academic discourse in the public-policy and political arenas. Our discussion meetings take the format of a short keynote address, followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience, lasting about 90 minutes in total. We encourage open debate. A drinks reception follows. The meeting is open to UCL staff and students, members of the London business community, the Greater London Authority and the London boroughs, and members of the general public.
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UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction
Reducing the impact of disasters globally presents a colossal challenge that requires coordinated and collaborative action. The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) brings together the wealth of knowledge and expertise across the university, and through research, teaching, public engagement and knowledge exchange aims to improve the understanding of risk and overcome the barriers to increasing resilience to disasters.