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Better Human Podcast
85 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
51 - Belonging and making trouble: a conversation with Felicity Gerry QC
The Better Human Podcast is back after a break, and who better to return with than the indomitable Felicity Gerry QC. This is a conversation which ranges from joint enterprise to Shamima Begum to the role of the trouble-making lawyer. More details at www.betterhumanpodcast.com
26 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
50 - Serving you up on the internet
We are increasingly used to the internet serving us the things it thinks we need. But what is the risk for our privacy if our data is being harvested and used to 'personalise' the experience? In the final episode of the mini-series we are joined by Dr Elif Kuskonmaz of the University of Portsmouth. This podcast is part of a mini-series co-hosted with Susie Alegre, international human rights barrister, Associate at Doughty Street Chambers and Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton
25 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
49 - Are internet algorithms a problem for human rights?
This week we speak to Lorna Woods, Professor of Internet Law at Essex University, about how algorithms on the internet are 'personalising' the content we see and how this impacts on the rights to privacy and freedom of expression. This podcast is part of a mini-series co-hosted with Susie Alegre, international human rights barrister, Associate at Doughty Street Chambers and Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton
88 minutes | May 3, 2021
48 - Albie Sachs on fighting for freedom and human rights
Albie Sachs is one of the world's most important living human rights jurists and freedom fighter. This fascinating interview between Adam Wagner and Albie Sachs was organised by JW3 supported by the Genesis Philanthropy Fund and is posted here with permission and thanks. Show notes at www.betterhumanpodcast.com - and please don't forget to leave a review if you enjoy this!
38 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
47 - Are algorithms making us less creative?
Can a computer judge a creative writing competition? Do automatically curated newsfeeds help or hinder free expression? How does creativity interact with rights protections? A fascinating and timely discussion with Brendan de Caires of Pen Canada, hosted by barristers Adam Wagner and Susie Alegre. Show notes at www.betterhumanpodcast.com
41 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
46 - Shamima Begum: racism, citizenship and the Supreme Court
Shamima Begum left for Syria to join ISIS when she was a child. Now, aged 21, the Supreme Court has confirmed she cannot return to appeal against the Home Secretary's decision to deprive her of her citizenship. Her case is complex and difficult, as is clear from this fascinating discussion with Sarah St. Vincent, Executive Director of Rights & Security International. You can read show notes at www.betterhumanpodcast.com
53 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
45 - The difficult case of vaccine passports
In the near future people will need proof of a COVID-19 vaccination before entering certain countries. Even more controversially, some countries are already preventing people accessing everyday services without it. To examine the ethical and human rights implications I am joined by Judith Bueno de Mesquita and Professor Wayne Martin, both of Essex University. For show notes please visit www.betterhumanpodcast.com
26 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
44 - Are we truly free to express our opinions?
This podcast is part of a mini-series co-hosted with Susie Alegre, international human rights barrister, Associate at Doughty Street Chambers and Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton This week we discuss freedom of opinion and how it interacts with freedom of speech. Our guest is Evelyn Aswad, a professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, an expert in the right to freedom of expression and the right to freedom of opinion. She is also on the Facebook Oversight Board and speaks on this podcast in a personal capacity We are grateful to the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media for a grant through their Spotlight on AI and Freedom of Expression (#SAIFE) project to support this series. For more details see www.betterhumanpodcast.com
29 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
43 - Political propaganda, social media and human rights
This week's guest is the “Maven of Persuasion”, Dr Emma L Briant, Associate Researcher at Bard College with an extensive background as a professor in information operations, propaganda and human rights. Dr Briant is one of the key researchers who uncovered the Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2018. This podcast is the second in a mini-series co-hosted with Susie Alegre, international human rights barrister, Associate at Doughty Street Chambers and Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton looking at the often overlooked aspects of freedom of expression in the online space, the rights of the receiver – the right to form and hold opinions and the right to receive information. We are grateful to the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media for a grant through their Spotlight on AI and Freedom of Expression (#SAIFE) project to support this series. For more details see www.betterhumanpodcast.com
41 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
42 - The 'value' of older people's lives
Lord Sumption has courted controversy by claiming that not all lives are of "equal value". In this timely episode Adam Wagner discusses the importance of older people's rights with Ken Bluestone, Head of policy and influencing at Age International and Geraldine van Buren, Professor of International Human Rights Law at Queen Mary University of London. The discussion was recorded just prior to Lord Sumption's comments but covers similar issues. For show notes visit www.betterhumanpodcast.com
31 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
41 - Social media disinformation in the age of Covid
This week's guest is Meetali Jain, an international human rights lawyer and Legal Director at Avaaz. We discuss what disinformation is, how it spreads and whether it can be stopped. This podcast is the first in a mini-series co-hosted with Susie Alegre, international human rights barrister, Associate at Doughty Street Chambers and Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton. We are grateful to the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media for a grant through their Spotlight on AI and Freedom of Expression (#SAIFE) project to support this series. For more resources and show notes go to www.beterhumanpodcast.com
37 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
40 - Tier 4 and Christmas Linked Households regulations explained
This is the latest in my attempts to explain how the Covid-19 regulations work in England. I focus on Christmas Linked Households gatherings which are permitted in Tiers 1, 2 and 3 but not 4. In the second half I am joined by Dr Xand van Tulleken who discusses how to keep as safe as possible over Christmas. Most of this podcast is also available as a video on YouTube (where you can follow along with the regulations) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSDmC5E9TKg Show notes available at www.betterhumanpodcast.com
36 minutes | Nov 22, 2020
39 - The Leicester garment factory scandal
The Covid-19 pandemic helped expose inhumane working practices at garment factories in Leicester, including inhuman conditions and low pay. What can we learn about the human rights duties of businesses from this sorry saga? I am joined by Krishnendu Mukherjee, barrister and Indian advocate. Show notes at www.betterhumanpodcast.com
38 minutes | Nov 6, 2020
38 - Explaining the new lockdown regulations
On 5 November, England is entering its second lockdown. In this video, I explain the complex new rules and how you can avoid getting a fine of up to £10,000 for breaching them. I have also put this up as a video podcast where you can follow along with the text of the regulations - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnCWpoUr6oE For more resources see www.betterhumanpodcast.com This is not legal advice!
61 minutes | Oct 18, 2020
37 - The plan to give soldiers immunity from prosecution for war crimes
There is a bill going through the United Kingdom Parliament which will make it harder to prosecute soldiers for war crimes. Is it justified? How will it impact on human rights? And why now? I am joined by Sonya Sceats, Chief Executive of Freedom From Torture and David Allen Green, solicitor and legal commentator for a fascinating discussion. Show notes are at www.betterhumanpodcast.com
45 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
36 - Explaining the Covid-19 self-isolation law
From Monday 28 September anyone in England who breaches Covid-19 self-isolation rules is subject to fines of up to £10,000 and a potential criminal charge. The rules are complex, have been passed into law with no Parliamentary scrutiny and join an ever-growing, and ever-more-complicated, set of coronavirus laws which regulate many aspects of our lives. In this episode I explain the law and how it works. This podcast is also available in video format https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJxVenUfEzQ Show notes at www.betterhumanpodcast.com
51 minutes | Sep 20, 2020
35 - Fifty years of law centres making human rights a reality
Human rights can be illusory if you can't afford to claim them. For 50 years, law centres have been making human rights a reality and helping people experiencing crises to access a lawyer. In this episode, I am joined by Peter Kandler, founder of the North Kensington Law Centre, Julie Bishop, Director of the Law Centres Network and Annie Campbell, director of the North Kensington Law Centre. Show notes as always at www.betterhumanpodcast.com
38 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
34 - Why the rule of law matters
The government has admitted that a new Brexit bill will break international law. Its chief lawyer has resigned. Why does this matter and what, exactly, is the rule of law? I am joined by David Allen Green, lawyer and writer. You can see show notes at www.betterhumanpodcast.com
28 minutes | Sep 4, 2020
33 - The Covid-19 lockdown and the law (part 5)
I am delighted to be joined again by lawyer and writer David Allen Green to discuss six months of lockdown laws, passed with almost no parliamentary scrutiny and imposing the most stringent restrictions on human rights since the Second World War. Can these be justified by even the most extreme public health crisis in decades? And if not, what is the alternative? You can read show notes at www.betterhumanpodcast.com. Nothing in this podcast is intended to suggest that people should not follow government coronavirus guidance or the legal regulations.
43 minutes | Aug 2, 2020
32 - What is happening to the Uyghur Muslims in China?
Right now, there is widespread and systematic persecution of the over a million Uyghur and other Turkic Muslim people in Xinjiang, China, including forced 're-eduction' in concentration camps. This is surely the kind of state behaviour which the post-war human rights system was designed to prevent. So what is being done to stop it and how can human rights ideas and institutions help? I am joined by Agnès Callamard, United Nations Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and Schona Jolley Q.C., barrister and Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee. Show notes at www.betterhumanpodcast.com
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