Sir Konrad Schiemann visits Downside

We were delighted to welcome Sir Konrad Schiemann to Downside on Wednesday 6th June. Sir Konrad spoke to Sixth Form pupils on the topic of Sovereignty. He discussed the importance of nations continuing to ‘work together’, and cited examples where this hasn’t been the case in recent years, such as in America and of Brexit.

Sir Konrad was born in Berlin in 1937. He was orphaned during the war and came to England in 1946 where he was brought up by his uncle. He holds a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Cambridge University and is an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge. He practised as a barrister from 1964, became a Queen’s Counsel in 1980, a High Court Judge in 1986 and a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1995. He is a bencher of the Inner Temple and was a judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union between 2004 and 2012.

At the end of last year, Sir Konrad featured in news headlines as he joined fellow former judges, including Lord Neuberger, Lord Thomas and Lord Hope, in grappling with the outcome of Brexit. At the time, he told the Commons Brexit committee that the whole withdrawal process was “an absolute can of worms”. “I don’t think anybody had thought it through when they put through Article 50,” he added. “Now someone is trying to operate it and it poses a number of very considerable problems.”

To listen to his talk, click on the link below.

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