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Institute of Advanced Study

Baroness Helena Kennedy to deliver public lecture on Democracy, Liberty and Human Rights

(30 October 2009)

Durham University is honoured to have Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, one of the most prominent barristers in the UK, present the second King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue.

The purpose of this annual lecture is to promote top-level reflection on intercultural understanding and the creative possibilities of mutual intercultural enrichment. The theoretical work that needs to be done in this area is extensive and urgent, both at a national and an international level, and there are original and creative voices that need to be heard.

Helena 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.

This annual lecture is given at Durham during the Michaelmas term 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.

The details of the event are as follows:
Title: Democracy, Liberty, Human Rights - Universal panaceas or Western constructs?
Date: Monday 9 November 2009
Time: 18:15 to 19:15
Location: Calman Learning Centre

To ensure that everyone knows about this lecture, we would encourage you to inform as many other people as possible who may be interested. 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.

Although this lecture is free to attend you MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE by contacting Susie Aspinall, Stakeholder Relations and Events Officer: susie.aspinall@durham.ac.uk