Sustainability, Law and the Future in Boduan
In the Llŷn and Eifionydd National Eisteddfod this year, an engaging discussion was held regarding sustainability and law, and to what extent Wales could be a devolved country and, indeed, an independent country.
Sustainability was the central topic of the discussions and sessions held in the Bangor University tent at this year's Llŷn and Eifionydd National Eisteddfod, in line with the central ethos of the university, and therefore, it was important to consider the future of Wales in a legal context. There was a very interesting discussion on Monday 7th August between Mr Keith Bush KC and Mr Sion Jobbins about the future of the legal system in England and Wales, led by Ms Lois Nash, Law lecturer in the School of History, Law and Social Sciences.
The 'Problem of Justice' was introduced, which is the lack of devolution of powers over the Welsh justice system, and that this means that Westminster makes decisions over the justice system of England and Wales alike. With that, it was discussed whether the devolution of powers or independence is the answer to this complex problem.
The session started with a presentation by Ms Lois Nash on the historical and the current situation before moving on to a panel discussion which attempted to answer what is the main stumbling block that prevents the solution of the problem of justice.
Political relations and the change in public attitude since the pandemic were discussed, and there was an interesting response from the panellists to each question, as they proposed that independence is likely to be a solution for the future but that a short-term response is needed in order to start on the journey to solve the problem.
Undoubtedly, this was an extremely interesting panel discussion which offered insightful and poignant responses to trying to solve the 'Problem of Justice' in Wales.