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Draper Lecture and Law Networking, London

Thursday 9 November 18:30 until 20:00
The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
Speaker: Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty - Human Rights charity

Martha Spurrier - Liberty, Director

Annual lecture held in memory of the late University of Sussex law academic and Nuremberg prosecutor, Professor Colonel Gerald Draper.

Human Rights and the politics of compassion

The last year has seen a rise in hate crime, a creeping extension of discriminatory immigration enforcement and the enactment of the democratic world’s most intrusive mass surveillance regime. As political rhetoric stokes fear and division and we embark on the biggest constitutional shake-up since the Glorious Revolution, where do we look for a vision of the future that is principled and positive? In this lecture, Martha Spurrier discusses the role of human rights in building post-Brexit Britain and the importance of activism in demanding a fair, compassionate politics.

Date/ time: Thursday 9 November, 6.30pm
Location: The Law Society, Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL
Speaker: Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty 

Founded in 1934, Liberty is a membership organisation at the heart of the movement for fundamental rights and freedoms in the UK.

Martha joined Liberty from Doughty Street Chambers, where she specialised in defending access to justice and the rights of women, children and disabled people.

As a barrister, Martha has acted for bereaved families seeking answers after loved ones have died in state care, represented victims of rape, domestic violence and trafficking who have been failed by the police, and challenged attempts to curb press freedom and protest rights.

She was previously a lawyer at mental health charity Mind, and the Public Law Project, where she led a ground-breaking access to justice project. She has written widely on civil liberties.

Exclusive pre-event networking reception for alumni in law

Sussex is well-represented by legal professionals in London, so we’d like to offer you the opportunity come early to the Law Society and network with alumni in the same field, along with our law faculty and students.

If you would like to join us from 5.45pm for drinks and networking in the Law Society Reading Room, please specify that you will be attending when booking your place for the lecture.

Book your place through our booking form: alumni.sussex.ac.uk/draper

This lecture is kindly supported by Ede and Ravenscroft Ltd.


Posted on behalf of: Development and Alumni Relations Office
Last updated: Friday, 29 September 2017

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