Not the Global Law Summit


This year it is the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. The Government is organising an event to mark this occasion called the “Global Law Summit” which will draw attention to the British justice system for an international audience.


The Justice Alliance, an umbrella group of charities and campaign groups formed to campaign against cuts to legal aid, is organising an alternative that will focus on people not business. Its “Not the Global Law Summit” will take place at the same time, and is designed to remind the world about the reality of coalition attacks on access to justice while in Government, which have done nothing to enhance the rule of law. You can read more about the plans in this recent Guardian article.


Get involved – march


From 21-23 February protestors will take place in a “relay for rights” from Runnymede where the Magna Carta was signed to London. Grab those walking boots and come along for any or all of the route!


Get involved – see comedy legends live (Justice just got funny)


In the evening of 23 February Justice Alliance will host a “stand-up for legal aid” comedy night with Stephen K Amos, Angela Barnes, Alistair Barrie, Kevin Eldon, Stewart Lee, Sara Pascoe, Nick Revell and Joe Wells. Tickets are available here for bargain prices.


Get involved – student solidarity


Join a new group within the Justice Alliance, Students for Legal Aid. This will bring students together at the protests from across the UK. Why not get your friends together and all go along for a stage of the relay? Find out more here.


Get involved – up north as well as down south!


We are leafleting in Manchester in Piccadilly Gardens and Sheffield outside the Town Hall from 12.30 on Monday 23 February. Do you want to join us? Or leaflet in your lunch break somewhere else? Or volunteer to speak to the media for some interviews we are setting up? Get in touch if you are interested at 


Or fill in this handy form to tell us what you can help out with: 


Get involved – tweet


Show your support on social media using this hashtag: #NottheGlobalLawSummit


Tweet Justice Alliance using: @justallianceuk @northernjust

Let’s make this Magna Carta birthday one to remember!

And finally…


Don’t forget to check out this short film produced in order to raise awareness on the impact of the cuts which has had over 17,000 views. Please share these on Twitter and Facebook if you haven’t already.


If you want to help YLAL support Justice Alliance with ongoing work like organising speaking events or wriitng articles please get in touch: