School hosts annual lecture and showcases human rights work to stakeholders

28 April 2017

Dr Sara Drake with speaker Adam Wagner and June Milligan, Equality and Human Rights Commissioner for Wales.
Dr Sara Drake with speaker Adam Wagner and June Milligan, Equality and Human Rights Commissioner for Wales.

This March, the School of Law and Politics partnered with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in Wales to host their Annual Lecture.

This year’s lecture was given by prominent Human Rights barrister, Adam Wagner and was entitled, ‘Fake News, Human Rights and Access to Justice’. Mr Wagner is in chambers at One Crown Row, London and is best known as the founder of the UK Human Rights Blog, and brainchild behind RightsInfo, a charity providing online content on human rights.

The EHRC champions equality and human rights for all, working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society.

The event was a result of Law lecturer, Dr. Sara Drake winning ESRC funding for a PhD scholarship on ‘Equality and Access to Justice in Wales’ in which the School will be collaborating with the EHRC in Wales. This event aimed to build and expand on this partnership, and sought to introduce the EHRC in Wales and its stakeholders to the work conducted within the School on Equality, Human Rights and Access to Justice.

The School has a long tradition of research connected to human rights together with pro bono work. Consequently, the lecture was preceded by a research showcase which highlighted the School’s range of projects within these fields to stakeholders such as local charities, civil servants, local solicitors, barristers, judges, disability groups as well as staff and students.

Dr Drake said of the event, “This event was the ideal opportunity for the Law School to bring our research on human rights to the attention of the wider equality and human rights community in Wales, and to forge relationships with key stakeholders with a view to opening up new research pathways.”

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