HRIC Honorary Staff Seminar: ‘Faith’ Why Isn’t the UK Supreme Court Dancing to George Michael? Has the Sun Gone Down on LGBT+ Equality?

15 November 2018, 6.00 PM - 15 November 2018, 7.00 PM

Jonathan Cooper

Lady Hale Moot Court, 8-10 Berkeley Square

On Thursday 15 November the Human Rights Implementation Centre will welcome Jonathan Cooper, an honorary staff member, as a guest speaker to deliver a talk '‘Faith’ Why Isn’t the UK Supreme Court Dancing to George Michael? Has the Sun Gone Down on LGBT+ Equality?'

This will be a panel discussion with responses by Michael Ford QC and Dr Peter Dunne.


In October 2018, the UK Supreme Court held that Gareth Lee, a gay man, wasn’t discriminated against when Ashers Bakery, owned by Christians, refused to bake his gay cake iced with words and images lamenting the denial of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. To bake such a cake offended their religious beliefs, said the owners of Ashers. Was the Supreme Court right? Should religion trump?

Jonathan is an international human rights law practitioner. As a barrister in private practice, he has worked with the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the UK Ministry of Justice, the UK Home Office and the Director of Service Prosecutions. He has taken cases to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of applicants on issues ranging from prisoners' rights to child abduction. He has also litigated before the UN Human Rights Committee and advised on bringing cases before the Women’s Committee (CEDAW) at the UN. Jonathan has also advised the Turkish military, Sudanese government officials and lawyers in Syria, Cameroon, Gambia, Albania and Lithuania. In 2007, Jonathan was awarded an OBE for services to human rights.

Contact information

The event is free but please book your place via the eventbrite page.

It would be greatly appreciated by the HRIC and our guests if you could inform us at least a day before, if you are unable to attend this event.  

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