Due Process – Refugee Tales Talks 2017

Since this year’s walk started at Runnymede, site of the signing of the Magna Carta, we took ‘due process’ as the theme of our series of lunchtime talks. The basic intention was to observe two things: that arbitrary and indefinite detention is manifestly a breach of due process; that since due process is fundamental to a just society, any such breach is a matter of grave (and general) cultural concern.


Starting from the view that due process constitutes a fundamental cultural value, speakers approached the theme from various angles. We observed that where other regimes offend against due process (where they detain arbitrarily and indefinitely) we are rightly collectively outraged. The purpose of the talks was to draw attention to the outrage of indefinite detention in our midst.



Saturday 1 July – Due Process as Commons

1500 – 1630 at Christ Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Church,
Portmore Way, Weybridge, KT13 8JD

Ali Smith and Sarah Wood in Conversation

Steve Collis

Sunday 2 July – Due Process and Writing

1330 – 1430 at The Warehouse, St John’s,
Church Grove, Hampton Wick, KT1 4AL

David Herd

Monday 3 July – Due Process and Ethics

1330 – 1430 at Richmond University,
Queens Road, Richmond, TW10 6JP

Professor Angie Hobbs

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

Tuesday 4 July – Due Process and Social Reform

1330 at the London Wetland Centre,
Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes,
London SW13 9WT

Rachel Holmes

Wednesday 5 July – Due Process and Indefinite Detention

1400 – 1530 at Ethelburga Community Centre,
60 Worfield Street, London, SW11 4RA

Shami Chakrabarti

Ayesha Christie

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