Does Power Always Corrupt? Sam Fowles speaks at the Edinburgh Literary Festival

18 Aug 2022

Sam Fowles will speak at the Edinburgh Literary Festival on the subject “does power inevitably corrupt”. He will be joined by Professor Kerry Brown, Director of the Lau China Institute, and foreign correspondent David Loyn.
Power, and its distribution, is the golden thread running through public and constitutional law. Sam’s book, “Overruled: Confronting Our Vanishing Democracy in 8 Cases” explores how democratic constitutions must constrain power through his arguments in some of the leading constitutional and administrative matters of recent years. As a member of the Cornerstone Public Law Group, Sam has experience in cases both exposing the abuse of government power and defending decision-makers who have exercised their power appropriately. He advises citizens, companies, and government at all levels on the proper use of executive power and, as Counsel to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Democracy and the Constitution, works with MPs in holding the powerful to account.
The event will take place at 14:30 on Monday 22 August at Central Hall, Edinburgh. Tickets are available at: