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2011 – Baroness Helena Kennedy of The Shaws QC FRSA

Baroness Helena Kennedy

Baroness Helena Kennedy, an expert in human rights law, civil liberties and constitutional issues delivered the fourth Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday 22 November 2011 in the University’s Julian Hodge Lecture Theatre.

This was the fourth lecture in the Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture series, following Mary Robinson, former Irish President, in 2008; Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director of Forum for the Future, in 2009; and the explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, in 2010.

A passionate, eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator, Helena Kennedy’s lecture was entitled, “Globalisation and the Crisis of the Individual” and was enjoyed by more than 400 people.

Her thought-provoking and impassioned speech examined the impact of globalisation on the values that underpin developed democracies and the ways in which social justice, human rights, law, politics and private life have been affected. Click here to watch the lecture.

The lecture was kindly sponsored by Civitas Law and Thompsons Solicitors.

Baroness Helena Kennedy - Biography

One of Britain's most distinguished lawyers, Helena Kennedy has spent her professional life giving voice to those who have least power within the system, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights.

She has used many public platforms – including the House of Lords, to which she was elevated in 1997 – to argue with passion, wit and humanity for social justice. She has also written and broadcast on a wide range of issues, from medical negligence to terrorism to the rights of women and children.

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