SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL
Over the years we have had the privilege to host this annual event and invite a series of eminent speakers from political economic and cultural worlds.
Past speakers have included: The Rt. Hon. Baroness Thatcher, former British Prime Minister; The Rt. Hon. Lord Kinnock, former Vice-President of the European Commission; The Rt. Hon. Lord George, former Governor of the Bank of England; The Rt. Hon. Lord Hurd of Westwell, former British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs; and The Rt. Hon. Lord Patten of Barnes, former European Commissioner for External Relations, last Governor of Hong Kong and Chancellor of Oxford University.
The speakers gave a lecture on their topic of choice, generally but not always a European theme.
BARONESS HALE OF RICHMOND
20th NOVEMBER 2023
THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUDICIARY AND SOME OF ITS ENEMIES
Baroness Hale is the former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom 2017 – 2020 Cross bench Member of the House of Lords Honorary Professor of Law at University College London Visitor of Girton College Cambridge
President Jean-Claude Juncker
30th May 2022
“Jean-Claude Juncker’s Address on a Changing Europe at the 75th BLS Anniversary”
This year, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the BLS, Jean-Claude Juncker, former Prime Minister of Luxembourg and President of the European Commission, will speak on the subject: “A Changing Europe: Full Circle?”.
Jean-Claude Juncker has served in many governmental posts, most notably as Luxembourg’s Prime Minister (1995-2013), President of the Eurogroup (2004-2013) and President of the European Commission (2014-2019).
By the time he left office as Prime Minister in 2013, Jean-Claude Juncker was the longest-serving head of any national government in the European Union (EU) and one of the longest-serving democratically elected leaders in the world, with his tenure encompassing the introduction of the euro currency, the European financial and sovereign debt crisis, the 2015 European migrant crisis and the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the EU (Brexit).
This event, facilitated by BLS Patron Patrick Santer, also includes introductory speeches by Louise Benjamin (President of the BLS), the British Ambassador to Luxembourg Fleur Thomas, Guy Dockendorf (Fondation Nationale de la Résistance – FONARES) and Patrick Santer.
LORD PATTEN OF BARNES
18th May 2021
spoke on-line on the subject of
“CHINA AND THE NEW GLOBAL BALANCE”
Lord Patten is Chancellor of the University of Oxford and former European Commissioner for External Affairs. He was the Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1990 to 1992 and the last Governor of Hong Kong from 1992 to 1997.
The on-line lecture was held jointly with the Bridge Forum Dialogue as well as our usual partners at the British Embassy, the Oxford University Society of Luxembourg and La Fondation Nationale de la Résistance (FONARES).
The Questions and Answers session was hosted by Sir Nicolas Forwood, Patron of the British-Luxembourg Society.
LORD GREEN OF HURSTPIERPOINT
17th October 2019
WHITHER EUROPE IN THE CONTEXT OF THE RISE OF ASIA
Lord Green, as Stephen Green, is a former Chairman and former Chief Executive of HSBC Holdings plc. As Lord Green he was Minister of Trade and Investment in the UK Government.