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THE 2022 FESTIVAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
22 October - 13 November
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Young People’s Law Reform Club

What’s on offer?

Have you ever wondered how old laws are changed and new ones made? Do the public feed into the process? Do law-makers use research from society to change laws?

Discover how laws are reformed in a one-day participatory event at Leicester Law School, where you will experience the creation of a new law! The exciting area for exploration is the law of surrogacy – a process whereby a person carries and gives birth to a baby for other people.   

In the morning, you will immerse yourself in the work of a law reform body which is responsible for researching and making recommendations to the government.  You will investigate and discuss questions like: Should a surrogate be paid? Should children know if they are genetically related to the surrogate? Should the surrogate be able to change their mind and be the parent of the baby? After hearing from research experts with different views, you will decide how the law should be changed and report your ideas as a group.

For the afternoon, you will form a Parliament and vote on your favoured reform proposals to make a brand new law, just like real Members of Parliament.

What’s it about?

If you are interested in justice or debating pressing social issues, this is a great opportunity! This event will help you develop your skills in group work, debating and critical analysis. You will also learn about the law in an exciting area, which is the subject of legal reform right now!

No experience is necessary, as club members will be supported by staff and student ambassadors throughout the day.

Who’s leading the event?

This event will be led by University of Leicester Law School academics: Dr Katherine Wade, Mr Edward Jones, Dr Clark Hobson.  The invited speaker for the event is Ms Zaina Mahmoud, of the London Women's Clinic.

Open to

This event is open to young people aged 14-18.

Of particular interest to

This event will be of particular interest to young people who are

  • deciding about going to University, or
  • considering a degree in the social sciences, or
  • doing Law, Government & Politics, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Sociology for GSCE/A Level, or
  • with experience of surrogacy in their families.

Please note by attending this event you acknowledge that images may be captured during the event using film photography, digital photography, video or other medium and may be used by the University of Leicester.  If you do not wish to be included in any images please inform a member of staff on arrival at the event.