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Professor Simon Lee

Simon Lee is the Emeritus Professor of Jurisprudence, Queen’s University Belfast and was formerly Vice-Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University and Rector and Chief Executive of Liverpool Hope University. He is also Chair of Level Partnerships Ltd., which provides services to foster partnerships in sport, the arts, education, housing, diverse communities, businesses, health services and the wider public sector, and chair of the John Paul II Foundation for Sport. He has taught law at Queen’s Belfast, King’s College London and Trinity College, Oxford and studied at Balliol College, Oxford, as a Harkness Fellow at Yale Law School and at the English College, Gregorian University, Rome. Simon was one of the co-founders of Initiative ’92, a citizens’ movement which commissioned an enquiry into ways forward for Northern Ireland. Together with his own writing on the troubles, this was not just an important part in what became the peace process but a forerunner of what we now call the Big Society.

Simon was a trustee of the ResPublica Trust from 2011 until February 2013. He has served on numerous public and private Boards including the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights (1992-1996); South & East Belfast Health & Social Services Trust (1994-1995); National Standards Task Force, Department for Education (1997-2001); Arriva/Merseytravel joint venture for Liverpool trams (Chair, 1997-1999); Netherley Valley Partnership (Chair, 1998-2002); Liverpool Education interim monitoring board (Chair, 1999-2000); Everyman & Playhouse Theatres (Chair, 1998-2002); The Tablet (2003-2006); Harrogate International Festival (2005-2008); Northern Ballet Theatre (2006-2010); Plater Review (Chair, 2007-2008); Leeds Carnegie Rugby Union (Chair, 2007-2009); Podium coordinating universities/colleges for London 2012 (Chair, 2008-2010); Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation (2009-present).

Simon has written extensively including: Law & Morals (1986), Judging Judges (1988), Believing Bishops – co-author (1989), The Cost of Free Speech (1990), Freedom from Fear – editor(1991), Learning Legal Skills – co-author (1993), Uneasy Ethics (2003), Hand of God – forthcoming (2011).

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ResPublica’s Response to the Industrial Strategy White Paper

Following the creation of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in July 2016 and firing the starting gun for a string of sector...

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ResPublica’s Response to the Autumn Budget 2017

The second Budget of 2017 delivered by Philip Hammond following the abolition of the Autumn Statement, was widely trailed as a tight political tightrope for...

Child Protection in the Digital Age

I was delighted when the Government introduced its Digital Economy Bill in the last session which gave effect to the 2015 General Election manifesto commitment...

A stake in it for everyone; why Conservatives should support regulation of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

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Industrial Strategy: A positive start but more must be done

The Government revealed their industrial strategy this week, with three main aims: Build on our strengths and extend excellence into the future; Close the gap...

Who can give the modern Cathy a home?

It’s 50 years since Ken Loach’s groundbreaking film, Cathy Come Home, documented the inhuman effects of homelessness. Without a home, as his heartbreaking film shows,...

We need a manufacturing resurgence more than ever. How can we bring it about?

There’s been a familiar narrative emerging since Thursday’s vote – this was the left behind white working class getting one over the London-centric political and...

The economic impacts of a Brexit would make us more, not less, reliant on other countries

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