University Open Lecture: Who are we? Hate, hostility and human rights in a post-Brexit world?
29th Annual Essex Law Lecture: 'Who are we? Hate, hostility and human rights in a post-Brexit world'
by guest speaker Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty
Sponsored by the Suffolk and North Essex Law Society
Essex Law School is delighted to invite you to its Annual Law Lecture on 16 February 2017. (Open to members of the public)
The School is grateful to the Suffolk and North Essex Law Society (SNELS) for its continued support of this event which is now in its 29th year. Previous speakers have included senior judges, the Director of Public Prosecutions, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, directors of NGOs, prominent legal practitioners and Members of Parliament.
A drinks reception will be held in the Ivor Crewe Upper Foyer from 6.00pm. The event will commence from 6.45pm with the award of the Annual SNELS Prizes followed by the lecture.
Event concludes at 7.45pm
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.