Wednesday 27th May

Phil Scraton: Protecting Life, Interrogating Death, Seeking Truth
Venue: Facebook
Time: 6pm

Tickets: Free


The Chief Coroner’s guidance on Covid-19 deaths advises against inquests investigating national policies and their implementation, concentrating only on the ‘facts’ of each death. Reflecting on the ground-breaking Hillsborough Inquests, 2014-2016 and the unprecedented jury findings at the inquest into the prison death of Joseph Rainey (2020), this talk focuses on bereaved families’ ‘right to know’ the full circumstances and wider context in which their loved ones died.

Phil Scraton is Professor Emeritus in the School of Law, Queen’s University, Belfast. Widely published, his books include: In the Arms of the Law - Coroners’ Inquests and Deaths in Custody; Hillsborough The Truth. From 2010 he led the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s research, was principal author of its 2012 Report, Hillsborough and was seconded to the families’ legal teams throughout the 2014-2016 inquests. In 2018 he co-convened the University of Sydney’s research programme on coroners’ inquests into deaths in custody and is co-investigator for the Irish Council of Civil Liberties’ project Deaths in Contested Circumstances and Coroners’ Inquests. In 2016 he was awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool.


All ticket donations from this event go to Fans Supporting Foodbanks, South Liverpool Domestic Abuse Services and WoW.