Round Table events and events of interest


11 April: In defence of free media: What can the Commonwealth do?
The launch of and a panel discussion on the Commonwealth Media Principles paper. Taking place at Senate House. Registration available.

12 April: Round Table sponsored event – The Cambridge University Commonwealth Society invites you to the Cambridge Commonwealth Debate 2018 to be held in the lead up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018. The motion to be debated on is ‘This House thinks the Commonwealth has no future orientation’. The event takes place at the Alison Richard Building.
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12 April:  Build cooperation and trust through community policing – A panel discussion organised by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) at Chatham House.

13 April: Human Rights CHOGM Report – Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) launches its CHOGM report at The National Liberal Club, London.

14-15 April: The Festival of Commonwealth Film will be taking place at the British Museum in London.

16 April: The big picture on little states – A debate organised by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative at Chatham House.

16 April: Re-engaging with the Commonwealth? Gambia and Zimbabwe
A panel discussion on re-engagement with the Commonwealth, in view of Gambia’s formal resumption of membership, and the sharply differing case of Zimbabwe’s possible re-engagement. Senate House, London – more details are available at the ICwS website.

16-18 April: Linked to the CHOGM, The Ageing in Common: An International Perspective featuring the Inaugural Commonwealth Elders’ Forum and the NCF UK Care event will be held at DeVere Wokefield Estate Hotel and Conference Centre, Berkshire. It is for professional leaders from across the Commonwealth.More details on the Common Age website.

16 – 21 April 2018: The week of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) includes forum events, bringing together representatives from the worlds of business, civil society and government.

Transcripts and audio/visual links to previous Round Table events and events of interest

19 March: Witness Seminar: Britain in the Commonwealth: The 1997 Edinburgh summit. A report is now available on this seminar.

6 March: Round Table-sponsored student debate at London University Senate House. The motion is “This House thinks that Commonwealth commitments for human rights are just for public relations.” (Report to come)

13 February: The Royal Commonwealth Society and Goodenough College host a panel discussion on ‘A Commonwealth Conversation – Rejuvenating the Commonwealth’ at Goodenough College.

7 February: Building a safer world? The Commonwealth approach in comparative perspective.
Taking place at l’Université de Londres in Paris. (Report now available on this conference).

26 January: “This House believes the Commonwealth has no place in the modern world”. There is now a report on the Exeter University debate.

17 January: “This House believes that the Commonwealth prevents the UK from moving on from the past and dealing with the future”. Birmingham students debate the future of the Commonwealth.  Tickets are available online.  Report from Birmingham now available.

October 2017: Two-day conference on the plans and challenges for the 2018 Commonwealth Leaders’ Summit. Includes reports, outcomes and video interviews.

April 2017: The Peter Lyon Annual Memorial Lecture by HE Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary-General. Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House. Transcript and report.

Video: The House of Lords debate the Commonwealth – 16 March.

Focus on Commonwealth Day – Q&A, our coverage and a look into the Commonwealth Day archives – 13 March.

Nov 2016: Launch of a special issue: Brexit and the Commonwealth: What next?
Special issue of The Round Table The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs.
This issue is now available online.

Round Table Conference
6-7 January 2016 – The Commonwealth after Malta.
A report of the conference proceedings.

Round Table Lecture
“The Commonwealth, the European Union, the Challenges”
Delivered by Dr Lawrence Gonzi, the former Prime Minister of Malta on
27 November 2015 at the University of Malta.
Click here to read Dr Gonzi’s lecture.

The 2015 Malta Summit, Valletta.
The Commonwealth’s New Beginnings?
A One-Day Conference previewing the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting organised by The Round Table: the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs and the Department for International Relations, University of Malta.
24 November 2015.
Read Michael Frendo’s keynote address

Speech at Senate House
Read Zaid Ibrahim’s The Fate of Freedom and the Onslaught of Islamisation in Malaysia as presented at the event
Date: October 2015
Venue: Senate House, London University, UK

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