Human rights campaigner joins University

10 Feb 2014

One of the nation’s leading human rights campaigners, Shami Chakrabarti has been made an Honorary Professor of Law at The University of Manchester.

Shami Chakrabarti, LibertyDirector, creditGurjit Naha
Shami Chakrabarti, LibertyDirector, creditGurjit Naha

The appointment will give students and staff in the School of Law an exciting opportunity to meet with the Director of Liberty, which campaigns to protect rights and freedoms.

The announcement follows last year’s successful public lecture by Professor Chakrabarti at The University.

A familiar face on TV and radio, she is a regular contributor to on Question Time, Newsnight and the Today programme.

In February, she was judged to be one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio Four.

Since becoming Liberty’s Director she has written, spoken and broadcast widely on the importance of the post-WW2 human rights framework as an essential component of democratic society.

She was recently invited to be one of six independent assessors advising Lord Justice Leveson in his Public Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the UK Press.

Shami Chakrabarti was also one of eight Olympic Flag carriers dressed in white at the London 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.

She said: "Liberty began with the struggles of the Hunger Marchers 80 years ago, and Emmeline Pankhurst hailed from Manchester. So it’s an honour indeed to join a great Northern Law school at a time when rights and freedoms are once more on the line."

Professor Geraint Howells, Head of the School of Law said: “I am delighted Shami Chakrabarti has joined our School. She is an impressive advocate for the causes she believes in and will help us in our mission to promote debate about justice.

“Last year she took part in a popular event with our students in the School of Law and this post will ensure that they will continue to be challenged by her perspective on civil liberties.

“Engaging with our community in these debates is important for the School of Law, and we will be planning public events where interested parties can discuss with Shami important issues related to justice and human rights.”

Notes for editors

Dinah Crystal, Director of External Relations and Clinical Legal Education at the School of Law, is available for interview.

Imager of Shami Chakrabarti:  credit Gurjit Naha

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