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Statement Regarding the Society’s Annual Conference Dinner

11th September 2016

The speaker at the annual conference dinner of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) in Oxford on Wednesday September 7 was the Right Honourable Michael Gove MP. The invitation on behalf of the SLS was made and accepted when he was Minister of Justice and Lord Chancellor (and months before the EU referendum campaigns had begun).

In the course of his speech, aware that his academic audience might be largely hostile given his position on Brexit, Mr Gove drew an analogy, the gist of which has since been tweeted.  The Society wishes to distance itself clearly and unequivocally from this comment and sincerely regrets that it was made and caused offence.

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