The Reith Lectures

Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series


42:23 | Jun 18th, 2019

Jonathan Sumption argues against Britain adopting a written constitution as a response to political alienation. The former UK Supreme Court Justice has argued that politics is in decline partly, at l...Show More

42:22 | Jun 11th, 2019

Jonathan Sumption assesses the US and UK’s constitutional models. He describes Britain's unwritten constitution as a political institution. The US Constitution is by contrast essentially a legal docum...Show More
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42:32 | Jun 4th, 2019

Jonathan Sumption argues that judges - especially those of the European Court of Human Rights - have usurped power by expanding the interpretation of human rights law. Lord Sumption argues that concep...Show More

42:32 | May 28th, 2019

Jonathan Sumption explains how democratic processes have the power to accommodate opposition opinions and interests. But he argues that in recent years that politics has shied away from legislating an...Show More

57:40 | May 21st, 2019

Jonathan Sumption argues that the law is taking over the space once occupied by politics. Lord Sumption was until recently a justice of the UK’s Supreme Court, as well as being a distinguished histori...Show More
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