Liberty director to give Glasgow University speech on fundamental rights and freedoms



Shami Chakrabarti

Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty will deliver a speech on the 1 October in the Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre at the University of Glasgow.

The event will explore why our fundamental rights and freedoms are indispensable as well show the unprecedented pressures those rights are under today.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

It will will run from 5.30pm – 7pm and is organised byLaw in Action, a student inititative within Glasgow University School of Law in association with the Glasgow Human Rights Network.

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Ms Chakrabarti has been director of Liberty – The National Council for Civil Liberties – since September 2003.

She first joined Liberty as in-house counsel on 10 September 2001 and 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 was born in London and studied Law at the London School of Economics. She is chancellor of Essex University and a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple.

In 2011, Ms Chakrabarti was invited to be one of six independent assessors advising Lord Justice Leveson in his “Public Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the UK Press”.

Ms Chakrabarti’s first book, On Liberty, was published by Allen Lane last October. Read SLN’s review of the book here.