Michael Mansfield QC and Yvette Greenway on SOS: Silence of Suicide

We had the privilege of welcoming Michael and Yvette to Oxford last Wednesday (18th October) to discuss their organisation SOS: Silence of Suicide which aims to “encourage open, honest discourse by all those affected by suicide, from a safe platform provided by us where stigma, shame and silence do not exist”.

As Mr Mansfield explains, suicide used to be considered a crime under British law—hence the term “committed suicide”, stemming from “to commit a crime”—and thus removing the stigma surrounding it is SOS’s primary goal.

Michael Mansfield QC is a self-described “radical lawyer” who has been involved in controversial court cases involving the Guildford Four, the 1989 Hillsborough disaster and Princess Diana’s former lover Mohamed Al Fayed. Yvette Greenway is involved in a wide range of pursuits, from finance to documentary making to event management. They have recently been working with Grenfell survivors to address their mental health needs.

Dr. Ha-Joon Chang on ‘Economics But Not As You Know It’ (with Oxford Economics Society)

Time & Date: 6.30pm Tuesday 3rd Week (2nd February)

Venue: Lecture Theatre, Manor Road Building

Ha-Joon Chang is an institutional economist specialising in development economics. He is the author of several widely-discussed policy books, most notably Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective (2002). In 2013, he was ranked by Prospect magazine as one of the top 20 World Thinkers.

Mr. Bill Emmott on The 2016 New Year Stock Market Crash & Its Impacts on the Global Economy

Time and Date: 7.30pm Thursday 4th Week (11th February)

Bill Emmott was previously Editor of The Economist, and is currently an independent writer and consultant on international affairs. Rivals: How the Power Struggle between China, India and Japan will Shape our Next Decade (2008), which is one of the 13 books he has written, was shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber prize for books on international affairs.

Dr. Thomas Hale on ‘Ápres Paris: Can the New Climate Agreement Save the World?’

Time & Date: 5pm Wednesday 5th Week (17th February)

Thomas Hale is Associate Professor in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. His research explores how we can manage transnational problems effectively and fairly. He is the author of Transnational Climate Change
Governance (2014), and Gridlock: Why Global Cooperation Is Failing when We Need It Most (2013).