Fundamental(ly) British Values

Thursday 16 November 2017, 14:00 - 18:00

UCL Garden Room, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Co-organised event by UCL Laws, UCL Institute of Education and UCL Grand Challenges.

Prof. Douglas Bourne (Prof. of Development Education, UCL, Institute of Education)
Prof. Piet Eeckhout (Dean, UCL, Faculty of Laws)
Prof. Becky Francis (Dean, UCL Institute of Edcuation)
Dr. Oliver Gerstenberg (Reader in EU Law, UCL Faculty of Laws)
Dr. Myriam Hunter-Henin (Reader in Law and Religion, UCL Faculty of Laws)
Dr Germ Janmaat (Reader in Comparative Social Science, UCL Institute of Education)
Dr. Ronan McCrea (Senior Lecturer in EU Law and Law and Religion, UCL Faculty of Laws)
Prof. Colm O’Cinneide (Professor of Human Rights Law, UCL Faculty of Laws)
Dr Farid Panjwani (Director, UCL, Institute of Education)
Prof. Julian Rivers (Professor of Jurisprudence, Bristol University, Law School)
Prof. Carol Vincent (Professor of the Sociology of Education, UCL Institute of Education)

About this event:

The “Fundamental British Values” discourse has been highly controversial and is of significant importance in a wide range of areas.

The UCL Faculty of Laws, together with the Institute of Education will bring together a range of experts in the areas of EU constitutional law, law and religion, discrimination law, philosophy, citizenship education and sociology of education to discuss the significance and consequences of this discourse from a wide range of perspectives.

This event will allow participants to understand the Fundamental British Values discourse from a number of perspectives, specifically:

  • How the emphasis on “values” has changed education and affected the complex inter-relationships between faith, values and civic virtues at school
  • How the fundamental British values discourse fits into the overall approach of the English legal order to the relationship between religion, law and state.
  • The interaction between the duty to promote British values at school and duties to promote social cohesion and avoid discrimination on grounds of religion and belief.
  • How the security agenda underlying the Fundamental British Values discourse has reshaped the relationships between religion, education and extremism
  • The significance of British fundamental values in the English constitutional legal order
  • The impact of the fundamental British Value discourse on human rights and legal reasoning
  • The interactions between the Fundamental British Value discourse, democracy and the political legal order


The event is aimed at academics, teachers, lawyers as well as the wider public.


The academic coordinators – Dr Myriam Hunter-Henin and Prof. Carol Vincent – will publish a joint article in The Conversation, drawing out the common themes from the papers and discussions of the event. The piece will focus on what the mandatory promotion of British values in schools means for practice in schools, and for wider debates around democracy and citizenship, with particular reference to the social and political context of Brexit and anti-extremism policies.

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