Friday, 2 June 2006, 11:00PM

Walking the Line: Preserving liberty in times of insecurity

Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws QC

This was the 2006 Special Lecture.

Other Gresham Special Lectures can be accessed here:
     2013 - The New Face of Europe by Sir Richard Lambert
     2012 - Parliament and the Public: Strangers or Friends? by The Rt Hon John Bercow
     2011 - Reinventing the Wheel by Sir Adam Roberts
     2010 - The Challenges of the new Supreme Court by the Rt Hon the Lord Philips
     2009 - The Ascent of Money by Professor Niall Ferguson
     2008 - Early Christianity and Today by the Archbishop of Canterbury
     2007 - The Beauty of Holiness and its Perils by Sir Roy Strong
     2005 - Should we trust the Scientists by Professor the Lord Winston
     2004 - Science in a complex world by Sir Martin Rees
     2002 - Towards freedom from hunger by Professor M S Swaminathan  
     2001 - Commerce and Culture in the Late 20th Century by Professor Charles Saumarez Smith  
     2000 - A Global Ethic - A Challenge for the New Millennium by Professor Hans Küng  

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Barrister, broadcaster and member of the House of Lords, Baroness Kennedy is a leading barrister and Queen’s Counsel. She is an expert in human rights law, civil liberties and constitutional issues. She is a member of the House of Lords and chair of Justice, the British arm of the International Commission of Jurists. She is a bencher of Gray’s Inn and president of the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University. She was chair of Charter 88, the constitutional reform group  from 1992 to 1997, the Human Genetics Commission from 1998 – 2007  and the British Council from 1998 to 2004. She also chaired the Power Inquiry into British Democracy in 2006. She has received honours for her work on human rights from the governments of France and Italy and has been awarded more than thirty honorary doctorates. She is an Honorary Fellow of three Royal Colleges – Psychiatry, Paediatrics and Pathology. She was elected a member of the French Academie Internationale de Culture. She has acted in many of the most prominent British criminal cases of the last thirty years including the Brighton bombing attack on the British cabinet, the Guildford Four Appeal and the Michael Bettany espionage case.  She is currently acting in cases connected to the recent wave of terrorism including the conspiracy to blow up transatlantic aircraft. She was a member of the International Bar Association Task force on International Terrorism in 2002.

She is a frequent broadcaster and journalist on the law and women’ rights. Her publications include the widely acclaimed Eve Was Framed: Women and British Justice (1992 revised 2005) and Just Law: the Changing Face of Justice and Why It Matters To Us All.

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2 June 2006

Walking the Line: Preserving liberty in times of insecurity
Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws QC

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