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‘The Right to Die: Whose life is it Anyway?’

05 July 2007

Philip Havers QC will visit Cardiff University on Friday 6 July to give a stimulating reflection on the law's approach to life and death issues and the impact of the Human Rights Act.

The lecture, entitled ‘The Right to Die: Whose life is it Anyway?’ is part of the University’s celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the Master of Laws (LL.M) Legal Aspects of Medical Practice course run by Cardiff Law School.

Philip Havers is recognised as a leader in an exceptionally wide range of practice areas, in particular public law, human rights law, clinical negligence, health law, environmental law, personal injury law, breach of confidence and contempt of court. He has appeared in many eminent cases in these fields, for example, R (on the application of Rogers) v Swindon NHS Primary Care Trust, R (on the application of AXON) (Claimant) v Secretary of State for Health, and Gregg v Scott.

Educated at Eton College and Corpus Christi College Cambridge, Philip Havers has had numerous publications including, significantly, ‘An Introduction to Human Rights and the Common Law’ (general editor and contributor), Hart 2000. He is a Deputy High Court Judge, Council Member of Justice and a Bencher of Inner Temple. At the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards in 2006, he was voted Silk of the Year for "Human Rights and Public Law". He is also an accredited mediator.

Philip Havers’ lecture will be given to an audience of Cardiff alumni, staff, legal professionals and invited guests. It will commence at 6.30pm at Cardiff Law School, Museum Avenue.

For free tickets please email Georgina Thomson ( or phone: +44(0)29 20875465.


Notes to Editors:

1. If you wish to arrange an interview with Philip Havers QC, please contact Georgina Thomson on 029 20875465. Photos and a transcript of the lecture will be available after the event.

2. The LLM in Legal Aspects of Medical Practice was set up in 1987. It started as a weekend course with just 24 students signed up for the first year. In 1997 the course expanded to a part- time weekly course for local people, leading to a full-time course being set up 8 years ago. Many of the course’s graduates have gone on to very successful careers and are now very distinguished in their fields. Many others have changed careers completely; the course has opened many doors - to clinical negligence, consent, mental health etc

3. Cardiff Law School is at the forefront of vocational legal education in Britain, it being one of only seven approved institutions in Britain to offer both solicitor training, through the Legal Practice Course, and barrister training, through the Bar Vocational Course. The School pioneered integrated law and language degree schemes in the 1980s. The facilities of the School’s library have been assessed as ‘outstanding’ by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. The library has over 75,000 volumes, over 300 journals and law reports and a stock expenditure in excess of £200,000 per annum (well over twice the median for UK Law Schools). This represents one of the largest collections of law books outside Oxford, Cambridge and London. The School is also the founder and editor of The Journal of Law and Society, which is recognised as the most prestigious English language journal dealing with the operation of law in society. Visit the Cardiff Law School website at For information on the Cardiff Law Alumni Network (CLAN) please see:

4. Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.

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Contact details:

Georgina Thomson
Public Relations Officer
Cardiff Law School
Phone: +44 (0) 29 20875465

Victoria Dando
Public Relations Office/ Swyddfa Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus
Cardiff University/ Prifysgol Caerdydd.
Tel/ Ffon: 029 2087 4731
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