Wilberforce Lecture Trust | 2010 Lecture by Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty

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2010 Lecture

Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty

Subject: Common Values: the Defence for Rights and Freedoms in Britain

14th January 2010 | 7:00pm | The Guildhall, Hull


Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty

Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty

Shami Chakrabarti has been Director of Liberty (The National Council for Civil Liberties) since September 2003. Shami first joined Liberty as In-House Counsel on 10 September 2001. She became heavily involved in its engagement with the “War on Terror” and with the defence and promotion of human rights values in Parliament, the Courts and wider society.

A Barrister by background, she was called to the Bar in 1994 and worked as a lawyer in the Home Office from 1996 until 2001 for Governments of both persuasions.

Since becoming Liberty’s Director she has written, spoken and broadcast widely on the importance of the post-WW2 human rights framework as an essential component of democratic society. She is Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, a Governor of the London School of Economics and the British Film Institute, and a Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple.

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The Wilberforce Medal will be awarded to Liberty to commemorate the 75th anniversary of their founding as the “National Council for Civil Liberties” and their work in advocating and defending civil liberties and human rights since then. Tickets are free and will be available from the Box Office at Hull City Hall from November 2009.

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