Join us online to celebrate the launch of Justice Matters: essays from the pandemic. There will be readings from the book and the opportunity to take part in a discussion, chaired by Fiona Bawdon, and some of the contributors, about what lessons from the pandemic can be used to build a more just and equal society.
Justice Matters is a joint project with Justice Alliance.
There are two ticket options:
•Free admission to the event only
•Admission to the event and buy a copy of the book (£10 + p&p)
About the book
Justice Matters is a collection of essays which together tell a powerful story of the impact of COVID-19, the responses to it, and the hope for change. It seeks to document, in some small way, the effects of the pandemic viewed through the lens of the justice system.
We are living through an unprecedented public health crisis. As the pandemic gathered pace, we started to see much more clearly that those in food poverty, from BAME backgrounds, in poor housing, insecure employment, the homeless, the elderly and the disabled were the worst affected.
The virus exposed the underlying structural health, race and class inequality in British society. We saw that a decade of austerity had eviscerated health and social care and public services and plunged the justice system into crisis.
But we also saw hope and what can be achieved if there is collective action and the political will. The homeless were housed and those seeking asylum were released from immigration detention. There was a stay on possession cases and a moratorium on benefit sanctions.
The pandemic presents an opportunity for social justice lawyers to catch the attention of the public, a chance to tell the stories we witness every day and to create solutions that help to build a more just and equal society.
Justice Matters is a unique collection of writing with contributions from social justice lawyers linked by a shared commitment to access to justice. It provides perspectives from frontline workers in community groups and legal observers at the Black Lives Matter protests, lawyers working with the most vulnerable throughout the pandemic, academia, members of the judiciary and parliament and Baroness Hale of Richmond on the constitution.
Justice Matters is not intended as an end in itself but as the beginning and as a component of a larger discussion about the future, about equality and about justice.
Proceeds from sales of Justice Matters supports LAG's campaigning work for equal access to justice for all members of society
Community care, Criminal law, Civil justice, Employment and discrimination, Family and children, Housing, Immigration and asylum, Legal aid, Mental health, Practice and procedure