Rights Liberties Justice aim to be a pre-eminent campaigning organisation serving the Liberal Democrat Party and helping with policy formation, and reaching out to promote liberal values in the law.

James Sandbach (Chair RLJ)

Our members comprise not only of Legal Executives, Solicitors and Barristers, academics, magistrates, law students and other professionals involved in the law, but also all, who are members of the Liberal Democrat Party interested in law reform.

Members are encouraged to become involved in policy development and discussion. Recent topics have included Brexit and the constitution (obviously), the future of the Good Friday Agreement, civil liberties policy, citizenship education, powers of attorney, Legal Aid and access to justice, sentencing and offender rehabilitation, the legal profession, international law, and many more.

Interested? Read on. I hope you join and participate.

Best wishes

James Sandbach and Andrew Haslam-Jones
Joint-Chairs of Rights Liberties Justice ( Lib Dem Lawyers)

What we do at Rights Liberties Justice

  • The home for Liberal Democrats interested in issues of rights, liberties and justice.
  • Has members practising and working in all areas of the law, with considerable diversity of legal knowledge and experience.
  • Contributes to the Liberal Democrats’ policy making through working parties on legal policy and law reform
  • Special Affiliated Organisation (SAO) to the Liberal Democrats giving rights to take policy forwards at Conference.
  • Responds to government consultations on proposed legislation..
  • Issues a regular e-Newsletter
  • Holds an excellent annual dinner. The Association’s Annual Dinner is a significant social event, usually held in late January. Members are welcome to bring guests.
  • Is a registered CPD provider for relevant event

  • Our members comprise not only of Barristers, Solicitors, Legal Executives, Academics, Law students and other professionals involved in the law, but also all those who are members of the Liberal Democrat Party interested in law reform
  • Campaigns for liberal values in law reform and for the protection of civil liberties and human rights in the legal system and in our substantive law.
  • Briefs members of the United Kingdom, European and Scottish Parliaments, the Welsh Assembly and other elected bodies on legal issues.
  • Organises conferences, lectures and meetings, and fringe events at Federal Conference in Spring and Autumn. 

Recent News and Updates


The adjourned AGM will now take place at 6.30pm Tuesday 17th November 2020 Whilst the formal agenda is below, most importantly we will be discussing our campaigning goals.We want R-L-J/LDLA to take a lead in the party and beyond in protecting the Rule of Law, Human Rights and Constitutional Reform. We believe all of these (more…)

From Lockdown to Liberty (James Sandbach – June 2020)

From Lockdown to Liberty This has been a difficult period for the Party, whilst the last few months might have given us a strong platform to be the premier civil liberties voice playing to our USP, as political liberals many of us have resisted the temptation for opportunistic campaigning against the Coronavirus public health measures (more…)

York 2020 – Fringe Meetings

Date: 13-15 March 2020 Location: York Information regarding the conference will appear hear shortly with dates and times of any fringe meetings. For more information please visit the Liberal Democrat website Fringe Meetings Fringe Date Time Venue The United Kingdom – Can it Survive? Saturday 14th March 1300-1400 Minster Suite Hilton Hotel Has Brexit been (more…)

View More