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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

The Durham University King Hussein Memorial Annual Lecture in Cultural Dialogue: Democracy, Liberty, Human Rights - Universal panaceas or Western constructs?

9th November 2009, 18:15 to 19:15, Calman Learning Centre, Baroness (Lady) Helena Kennedy QC

This is the second King Hussein Memorial Annual Lecture in Cultural Dialogue, and we are honoured that the guest speaker at this event will be Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, one of the most prominent barristers in the UK.

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.

Research groups, students, colleagues or community contacts who may have an interest in or a connection with the practice of law, politics, human rights or any of the issues highlighted by Baroness Kennedy’s lecture are most welcome to attend.

This annual lecture is organised under the auspices of the Institute of Advanced Study, working closely with the School of Government and International Affairs, the Department of Theology and Religion, and the University's International Office and Communications Office.

Although this lecture is free to attend, you MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE by contacting Susie Aspinall, Stakeholder Relations and Events Officer, by emailing

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