Prisoner’s Advice Service Fifth Annual Discussion Panel


The Prisoners’ Advice Service invites you to our fifth annual panel discussion:

“Does the European Convention on Human Rights provide adequate human rights protection to UK prisoners?”

The ECHR has proved an important tool in protecting prisoners’ human rights. However, the UK government has persistently refused to follow its rulings concerning prisoners, particularly in respect of prisoners’ voting rights and the whole life tariff. In this context, how can we ensure prisoners’ human rights are adequately protected?

Eric Allison, prison correspondent for The Guardian

Matthew Evans, Director, AIRE (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) Centre (Chair of the Panel)

Nicola Padfield, Master, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, (Reader in Criminal and Penal Justice, University of Cambridge)

Pete Weatherby QC, Garden Court North Chambers, Manchester

Dirk van Zyl Smit, Professor of Comparative and International Penal Law, School of Law, University of Nottingham

When: Tuesday 19 May, 7pm-9pm. Drinks will be served during the evening.

Where: 70 Grosvenor St, London, W1K 3JP
RSVP: To get your free ticket, please email

Tickets will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of two per person. If you book and subsequently cannot attend, please notify us so we can re-allocate your place.

About us: The Prisoners’ Advice Service is an independent registered charity providing free legal advice and information to prisoners on their rights. We do not accept statutory grant funding from Government departments as this may affect our independence.

Thank you: We are most grateful to the Grosvenor Estate for their kind support of this event.

British Psychoanalytic Council Conference – PSYCHOANALYTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY NOW 2015

Getting to grips with society’s ills: a psychoanalytic perspective

Bridging the clinical and academic study of psychoanalysis with political discourse and social policy.

A day of thought-provoking presentations, workshops and debate on innovations in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

PP NOW 2015 will address the themes of Conflict, Poverty and Trauma with sessions and presentations showcasing the impact psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking can bring to better understand some of the major social issues affecting our society today and what the profession can bring to support these key modern agendas.

Vamik D. Volkan is our 2015 keynote presenting A Psychological Look at Terrorism.

Prof.Volkan is a world leader on issues of national identity, terrorism, societal trauma, transgenerational trauma as well as international conflict and has wom many prestigious awards for his work in the field, including four nominations for the Nobel peace prize.

PP NOW 2015 will showcase eight further breakout sessions and workshops covering the following areas:

  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Emotional poverty
  • Institutional childhood abuse
  • Modern conflict
  • Pathological organisations
  • Poverty Psychological impact of money
  • Social disorder
  • Violence within couples.

Breakout session speakers include: Jon Brown, Karl Figlio, Clare Gerada, Sue Gerhardt, Paul Kassman, Jean KnoxJulian Lousada, Gill McGauley, Anna MotzGraham Music, Joanna Rosenthall, Estela Welldon, Philip Spencer and Jessica Yakeley.

Booking and registration information

special rates for BPC, APP and ACP registrants and trainees

Online booking for the PP NOW Conference available here

Download the registration form here

PP NOW Special Friday night Lecture 5 June 2015

The Guardian’s columnist and author George Monbiot will be leading our pre-conference Friday night lecture with panel members Nick Pearce director of IPPR and Julian Lousada Psychoanalyst and BPC Chair focusing on the psychological and societal impacts of competition and capitalism.

This is a separate ticketed event. Details about the lecture are available here

Saturday, 6 June, 2015 – 09:30 to 18:00
Holiday Inn, Kensington Forum, London
Please see the booking form for rates

April Forum – Change of Presentation

Please note there has been a change to the advertised presentation: The April forum will be a presentation of clinical work with women who have committed sexual offences against children. These papers were presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the International Association of Forensic Psychotherapy at Yale University in March 2015. The speakers will be Dr. Gill McGauley (Consultant Psychiatrist and Reader in Forensic Psychotherapy), Michelle Hegerty (Psychotherapist  at HMP & YOI Holloway), Sabina Amiga (Forensic Psychotherapist at HMP & YOI Holloway). We hope you will be able to join us. The forum will be held from 10.45am-12.30pm on Saturday 18th April 2015 at the Philadelphia Association, 4 Marty’s Yard, 17 Hampstead High Street, London NW3 1QW. To book a place please contact: Price: £10