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Plenary Lectures

On the Pembroke-King’s Summer Programme we encourage you to develop your academic curiosity and benefit from the unique learning environment at Cambridge. This is why each year we hold a series of plenary lectures, given by eminent figures of University and public life, on a diverse range of topics.

The talks are open to all students on PKP and are followed by an informal Q&A session and drinks with the speaker. We'll announce the PKP 2019 speakers soon, but you can take a look at last year's plenary speakers to get a flavour of what's in store:

What's Happening with Brexit?  

Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury Lord Smith is the Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge.

From 1983 to 2005, Lord Smith was the MP for Islington South and Finsbury. As Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport between 1997 and 2001, he restored free admission to national museums and galleries, established NESTA, the Film Council, Creative Partnerships for schools, and the Foundation for Youth Music, expanded funding for the arts and sport, championed the creative industries for the first time in Government, and began the switchover process for digital television. Lord Smith played a leading role in opposing the Iraq war, and was made a life peer after standing down from the Commons in 2005. He currently sits on the crossbenches as an independent Peer.

New Family Forms and Frozen Eggs: Lessons on Reproduction for Millennials

Dr Zeynep Gurtin

Dr Zeynep Gurtin is a Senior Research Associate at the London Women's Clinic and Centre for Family Research and a Visiting Researcher at the University of Cambridge.

Zeynep is a sociologist interested in reproduction, gender, and family life. Her work focuses on the social and ethical questions surrounding assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs), and in particular on the ways people think about their reproductive experiences and how they make reproductive decisions. Her work to date has looked at couple's experiences of IVF; donors' and recipients' experiences of egg-sharing; ARTs in Turkey and the Middle East; cross border reproductive care (CBRC); and, most recently, egg-freezing.

Crimes Against Humanity and the Search for Peace and Justice 

Dr Sarah Nouwen

Dr Sarah Nouwen (LLM, MPhil, PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Law and a Co-Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Pembroke College.

In 2018, she also was a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She served as Senior Legal Advisor to the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and as a consultant for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Kingdom Department for International Development. She has won a Philip Leverhulme Prize for her scholarship and the Leiden Journal of International Law prize for the best article published in the journal between 2013 and 2015. She currently also holds an ESRC grant for her research programme "Peacemaking: What's Law Got to Do with It?" and is the author of Complementarity in the Line of Fire: The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan (Cambridge University Press, 2013).