Literary Festival 2013: Austerity on Trial


Speaker(s): Hugh Tomlinson, Karon Monaghan, Martin Howe, Tim Frost, Will Hutton, Andrew Lilico, Ruth Porter, Magdalena Sepulveda, Polly Toynbee

Recorded on 1 March 2013 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

Does UK government policy on economic austerity breach international human rights law? In an innovative legal proceedings, the charges will be brought, and ‘Austerity’ defended, by a team of legal experts, backed by distinguished human rights and other specialist witnesses from the UK and around the world. Overseen by a leading barrister acting as judge, the trial will end with a verdict delivered by a jury of children and young people, as well as the audience, and a chance for questions to be posed to the expert witnesses on what the future holds.

Tim Frost is a non-executive director of Cairn Capital Group Limited, a full-service credit asset management firm. Prior to joining Cairn Capital he spent 15 years at JP Morgan, latterly as European head of credit sales, trading and research. Among other things he helped in the building of JP Morgan’s European credit derivatives business and served on JP Morgan’s European credit and rates executive committee. Tim is a governor of LSE.

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