Lunchtime lecture with Guy Herbert: The Human Rights Act as a constitution of liberty

Is the Human Rights Act worth saving? Guy Herbert, best known as General Secretary of the civil liberties group No2ID, will make a libertarian case in defence of the HRA in a 10-20 minute speaking slot, followed by 30 minutes of discussion from the floor.

Light refreshments will be provided. Please note that places are strictly limited so you must RSVP to attend.

Time: 12:30pm—1:30pm

The Adam Smith Institute’s Ayn Rand Lecture

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To request an invitation to the lecture please contact Registration for this event is essential.

This year’s annual Ayn Rand Lecture  ‘Atlas is Shrugging: Why we must act now to defend free enterprise’ will be delivered by David Sokol on November 3rd 2014.

The American free enterprise system was not an experiment or an accident of history, but a philosophical recognition by the Founding Fathers of the importance of providing individuals with the freedom to pursue their self interest. In 1957, Ayn Rand’s extraordinary novel ‘Atlas Shrugged‘ told of a world whose motor has stopped. In the Adam Smith Institute’s third annual Ayn Rand lecture, David Sokol will explain the continued importance of the message of this seminal work, and and how ‘Atlas Shrugged’ is predictive as to the future of the American economy if we fail to act soon.

David Sokol is a titan of American enterprise, and owner and chief executive officer of Teton Capital LLC. From 2009 to 2011 Mr. Sokol was chairman and CEO of NetJets, Inc, and was chairman of Johns Mancille Corporation between 2007 and 2011. From 1991 to 2011 he was chairman of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company (now Berkshire Hathaway Energy).


“And the wall came tumbling down – 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall”

9 November 2014 is a day of remembrance, marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – a moment in history which represents the reunification of Germany and the triumph of liberty.

On 10 November, the Adam Smith Institute and Institute of Economic Affairs will be co-hosting a celebration to mark the historic occasion.

The event will begin at 6:30 PM, with brief remarks at 7:30 PM from the former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, Professor Leszek Balcerowicz and the former president of the Czech Republic, President Václav Klaus.

This event is strictly RSVP and spaces are limited. To request an invitation, please e-mail:

Independent Seminar on the Open Society

ISOS  is a one-day conference for 6th form students of subjects such as Politics, Economics, Philosophy and History. Named after the seminal book The Open Society and its Enemies by the philosopher Karl Popper, ISOS explores the principles and practicalities of an open, free and tolerant society, whilst the programme is designed to compliment and supplement A-level syllabi.

The next ISOS will be held in Westminster on Tuesday, 18th November. Amongst those already confirmed are the ASI’s own Dr Madsen Pirie, Steve Baker MP,  Emma Carr of Big Brother Watch and James Zuccollo from Reform.

ISOS is free of charge, and students are welcome to attend either independently or as part of a school booking. See here for further details and to reserve a place at November’s conference, please email Charlotte at