On 20th January 2010 the UK Supreme Court will host the launch event for an exciting new project, Big Voice 2011. The project, run by a group of volunteers primarily from the City Law School, aims to empower young people from disadvantaged areas in London and to engage them in the legal system of the United Kingdom.
The project, which is endorsed by the Supreme Court, focuses on issue of legal access and identity. Over the course of the year the project will deliver a series of active workshops and sessions where students from a variety of schools in London will work with their peers, conduct research and meet well-known and successful public figures from both the law and elsewhere. Ultimately, the students will help to write a comparative paper on legal systems in both the UK and in post-apartheid South Africa. The project represents a unique opportunity for students who may otherwise never have the chance to engage with the legal system in such a constructive manner. The project hopes to empower of the young people involved, increase in their professional and practical experience and build their knowledge of the legal and political systems within the UK.