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In partnership with International Justice Mission UK

Andy Bevan serves as International Justice Mission UK’s Regional Development Executive for Scotland – a role that involves communicating IJM’s work across a range of Scottish society, including legal professionals, parliamentarians, churches, community groups, students and the media. IJM is a global organisation that protects the poor from violence throughout the developing world. IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors and strengthen justice systems. Coming from a background of Legal and Theological study, Andy has experience working in Washington D.C. with IJM and Geneva with the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

After 12 years of working in the voluntary and public sector in the UK followed by 18 years experience in humanitarian aid work, Atallah Fitzgibbon has worked at senior management and director level managing international programmes, spearheading organisational and performance improvement and leading on strategy and policy development. At Islamic Relief Atallah has worked as Programmes Director, Performance Improvement Manager and now Head of Policy & Strategy.

Atallah has led the development of Islamic Relief’s new Global strategy from 2011-15, which has involved leading on the drive to improve faith literacy within IRW’s work and the development of IRW’s conceptual framework and theory of change on human development, humanitarianism and human rights, incorporating perspectives around spiritual capital and the role of religious institutions.

Gianluca Raccagni was born in Italy and did his undergraduate degree at the University of Bologna. He did a PhD and then a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. After a Canon Foundation Fellowship at the University of Tokyo he was appointed Chancellor Fellow at the University of Edinburgh in 2012. He works on medieval political culture and its legacy, including its contribution to the formation of modern thought and practice.  He is particularly interested in the medieval roots of notions of popular sovereignty and by the interaction between medieval republican and monarchical regimes. He focuses on the Italian city republics, but also on their interactions with the surrounding world, from the British Isles to the Mediterranean.

Born in Belfast in 1970, Paul Wheelhouse MSP was raised in Edinburgh, attending Stewart's Melville College. He has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Aberdeen and an MBA from University of Edinburgh. He has lived in Berwickshire since 2000.

Paul is a professional economist and, since 1992, had specialised in higher and further education markets, policy evaluation and economic appraisal and impact assessment of capital projects.

Paul previously held a number of roles in the Scottish Parliament and is SNP MSP for South Scotland. Prior to taking his Ministerial position Paul was a member of cross-party groups on Epilepsy, Rural Policy, Armed forces Veterans, Funerals and Bereavement, Boating and Marine Tourism and deputy convener of Sport.

He was appointed Minister for Environment and Climate Change and more recently, Minister for Community Safety & Legal Affairs in November 2014.

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta – a set of rights governing the relationship between the public and leading authorities. We consider the historical context of the Magna Carta and its relevance in the21st Century.

Chair: Andrew Bevan I Speakers: Atallah Fitzgibbon, Dr Gianluca Raccagni, Paul Wheelhouse MSP

  • Dates and Times Aug 18 at 18:00 
  • Venue St John's Church, Princes St (Venue 127), Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)
  • Ticket Prices £5.00
  • Age Guidance +16
  • Category Conversations

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