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Talking Constitutions podcast

‘Talking Constitutions’ is a series of podcasts in which we explore the constitutional arrangements that frame the day-to-day affairs of politics and that affect our lives in a myriad of ways. We have brought together a range of people, including politicians, civil servants, and scholars, to explore that interaction between constitution, politics, and other aspects of life.

Those talking about constitutions will include:

Lorna Drummond QC is Sheriff in Tayside, Central and Fife, sitting at Dundee Sheriff Court, Sheriff of the Sheriff Appeal Court, and Temporary High Court Judge. She is also Justice of Appeal in the Court of Appeal in the Territories of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

Lord Duncan of Springfield has been a Conservative Member of the European Parliament and more recently the UK Government’s Climate Minister. Having been ennobled as a working peer in 2017, he is now Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords.

Jenni Dunsmore works at the European Parliament, where she is a Political Advisor on international trade.

Jim Gallagher is a former Civil Servant, who headed the Scottish justice department. He was the UK government’s most senior adviser on devolution and other constitutional issues, working in the Cabinet office and the number 10 policy unit under Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Stephen Gethins has worked in the NGO Sector, specialising in peace-building, arms control and democracy in the Caucasus and the Balkans regions. He has been an MP at Westminster and the Scottish National Party’s Front Bench Spokesman for International Affairs and Europe.

Don Herzog is a specialist in political and legal theory and constitutional interpretation. He is Edson R. Sunderland Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and his recent books include Sovereignty R.I.P. and A Little Book of Political Mistakes.

John Hudson is Professor of Legal History at the University of St Andrews

Caroline Humfress is Director of the Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research at the University of St Andrews

Colin Kidd is Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews

Catherine Stihler was a Labour Member of the European Parliament for 20 years and from 17 August 2020 is Chief Executive Officer of Creative Commons.

The podcast is available via PodBean and Apple Podcasts