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Liberty: Protecting civil liberties, promoting human rights



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Speaker: Martha Spurrier

Series: Dean's Lecture Series

The City Law School is pleased to host a lecture by the distinguished human rights barrister Martha Spurrier

The talk is entitled 'Why the Human Rights Act matters to each and every one of us"

In this lecture, Director of Liberty Martha Spurrier will look behind the headlines to explore what the Human Rights Act does for ordinary people up and down the country, every day. Reflecting on political opportunism, populism and power imbalances, she will explore why human rights offer us a framework for building strong communities, and a strong democracy, after Brexit, and why human rights defenders are more important than ever before

About the speaker
Martha joined Liberty as Director in May 2016. She arrived from Doughty Street Chambers, where she specialised in defending access to justice and the rights of women, children and disabled people. She acted for bereaved families seeking answers after loved ones died in state care, represented victims of rape, domestic violence and trafficking who were failed by the police, brought claims on behalf of prisoners and immigration detainees who had been mistreated in custody and challenged attempts to curb press freedom, privacy and protest rights.

In 2015 Martha co-founded the ‘Act for the Act’ campaign, which put posters on trains, buses and billboards across the country telling the stories of men, women and children who had used the Human Rights Act when things went wrong in their lives.

Martha was previously a lawyer at the mental health charity, Mind, and at the Public Law Project.

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6.30pm - 8.30pmTuesday 20th February 2018

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London 10 Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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