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Citizenship and the Rule of Law: Five Years of Public Legal Education

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Since the Bingham Centre has pioneered a programme of Citizenship Education that has empowered over 36,000 young people to grow as active citizens, using the power of the law to effect social justice. Over 400 schools across England have delivered lessons from our core textbook, 'The Rule of Law for Citizenship Education: Understanding Justice' and its update resources over the last five years. At this event, we will be talking through the major successes and points of reflection from the programme.

In addition to reflection on the programme to date, we will also be launching an exciting online course called 'Citizenship and the Rule of Law'. Developed over the course of 2019 in collaboration with the University of London and Coursera, the course draws upon research expertise from across our organisation, with video lectures and interactive seminars on the following areas:

  • The Rule of Law, 
  • Judicial independence, 
  • Equality before the law, 
  • Access to justice, 
  • International law, 
  • Business and human rights. 

This course is aimed at prospective and current university students, campaigners and professionals keen to learn more about public law. The event will provide an opportunity for discussion of the course, as well as its wider context. This initiative comes at an important time when the institutions of justice, democratic participation and human rights on which the course are premised face increasingly strident challenges across the world.


  • Michael Abiodun Olatokun FRSA, Bingham Centre Head of Public and Youth Engagement; Research Fellow in Citizenship and the Rule of Law will chair the evening.

The following experts will provide their perspective on matters pertaining to Citizenship and the Rule of Law:

  • Liz Moorse, CEO of the Association for Citizenship Teaching and UK Lead Expert at the Education Policy Advice Network for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights,
  • Professor Hugh Starkey, Professor of Citizenship and Human Rights Education at the University College London Institute of Education,
  • Amanda Pinto QC, 2020 Chair of the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales,
  • Lord Dr Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE, Crossbench Peer and Former Global Head of Corporate Citizenship for KPMG International/ Former Head of Public Affairs at the BBC,
  • Professor Maggie Atkinson, former Children's Commissioner for England and Executive Chair of the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership.

Join in the conversation @BIICL @BinghamCentre @Binghamschools #publiclegaleducation

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