The UK’s first public legal education conference
26 April 2022
The UK’s first public legal education conference will take place next month with several Garden Court North members taking part.
Most significantly, Christian Weaver, founder/author of The Law in 60 Seconds who is joining forces with The Defendant charity and The University of Manchester to coordinate and deliver the event on Saturday 14 May.
The Law in 60 seconds: Public Legal Education Conference will be the first event in the UK aimed at teaching the general public how to interact with the law in an accessible and empowering way. From employment rights to protesting and stop and search laws, the conference will provide valuable tools and knowledge from experts, including GCN members Mark George QC and Mira Hammad, alongside Christian Weaver. The Defendant’s co-founder Liam Allan, will also share personal accounts of miscarriages of justice.
‘my primary goal was to give people the knowledge and confidence to stand up to authority’
Christian Weaver said: ‘As a barrister I regularly see the impact of people not knowing their rights. When I created the YouTube series, The Law in 60 Seconds, my primary goal was to give people the knowledge and confidence to stand up to authority. Embarking on this path made me realise the grave extent to which our law is currently inaccessible and led me to write the book The Law in 60 Seconds: A Pocket Guide to Your Rights. This public legal education conference is the next step in making the law more accessible. It will leave attendees feeling empowered, confident, and poised to take greater control of their lives.’
‘the public can walk away with a knowledge of their basic rights, an ability to recognise abuses of power, and the skills to navigate legal encounters’
Liam Allan said: ‘At The Defendant, we are fighting for all people to have access to their legal rights and a fair trial irrespective of their background. The Law in 60 seconds Public Legal Education Conference will include talks and workshops covering 13 different topics from a variety of organisations so that every member of the public can walk away with a knowledge of their basic rights, an ability to recognise abuses of power, and the skills to navigate legal encounters in their lives with confidence.’
The conference is free for the public to attend with a suggested donation to The Defendant upon purchase.