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Institute of Advanced Study

Democracy, Liberty, Human Rights - Universal panaceas or Western constructs?

9 November 2009

We are honoured this year to have Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, one of the most prominent barristers in the UK,  present the second King Hussein Memorial Annual Lecture in Cultural Dialogue. 

Baroness Kennedy is a leading criminal and human rights barrister who made her name handling some of the most high profile cases of recent times, such as the Brighton Bombing Trial and the appeal of the Guildford Four. In addition to the bar, she has set up her own foundation to help disadvantaged students get into higher education and is President of the School of Oriental and African Studies.  She has written and broadcast on law and women's rights and currently presents Jeopardising Justice on BBC Radio 4 where she examines the ways in which the best intentions in legal reform can sometimes produce unexpected and unpalatable consequences.

As a life peer, Baroness Kennedy sits in the House of Lords and participates on issues concerned with human rights, civil liberties, social justice and culture.

Video of Public Lecture


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