Patrons

BIHR is proud to have the support of a number of high-profile patrons. Their work for BIHR has included chairing our conferences and events, delivering Lunchtime Lectures, speaking at the Sieghart Lecture and addressing the Annual Reception.

Jon Snow

Jon Snow has been a broadcast journalist with ITN since March 1976. He has reported from Africa, the Middle East, Iran, Iraq, central and Latin America and been a resident correspondent in Rome (1979) and Washington (1983-1987). He has been the main presenter of Channel 4 News since April 1989. He has won a number of awards including the 2005 BAFTA for best factual contribution to British television. He studied law at Liverpool University before being sent down following political disturbances in 1970. He is a trustee of the Tate and National Galleries.

Jon has chaired a number of BIHR events, including national conferences. Speaking about why he became a BIHR Patron, Jon says:  

“The whole subject of human rights is at the very core of a civilised society and human rights define civilization. I think that Britain’s attitude to human  rights has been badly manipulated by elements of the political classes, and  that the Human Rights Act became subjected to particularly irrational attack. This was partly because it had some genesis in Europe, and partly  because it was used as a sort of whipping boy for people who were just  resistant to change, and resistant to embrace a concept of rights.  I think it’s very difficult in a society that doesn’t have a written constitution quite to understand where a written Human Rights Act fits, and where  human rights exist in a context in which we are often regarded as subjects as opposed to citizens. So I felt that the time was right when BIHR approached me ago to rally to its cause – and as a journalist I think there is hardly any higher cause than human rights”

 

Cherie Booth QC

Cherie Booth QC is a barrister at Matrix Chambers, mother of four children and the wife of the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. She was born in Bury in 1954 and moved shortly afterwards to Liverpool where she grew up. After studying Law at the London School of Economics (LSE), she came top of her year in her bar examinations and was called to the Bar in 1976. She became a Queen's Counsel in 1995 and now specialises in Public, Employment and European Community Law at Matrix Chambers, Gray's Inn, London. She is a Recorder and Bencher of Lincoln's Inn and an Honorary Bencher of King's Inn, Dublin. She is a founder member of the European Employment Lawyers Association and the European Women Lawyers Association.

Speaking about BIHR's work Cherie says:

“The work of BIHR bringing the message of human rights home here in the UK has never been more important. Because the concept of human rights, in a way, is under attack at the moment.  It’s certainly leapt into the headlines and into national controversy.  But it is partly because of this media maelstrom that I feel it is vitally important to get over the message – and am delighted that the BIHR is determined to do this – that human rights belong to us all.”

 

The Rt. Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond

Brenda Hale is the most senior woman judge in the UK, she became the first woman Deputy President of the Supreme Court in 2013. In 1994 she became a High Court judge, the first to have made her career as an academic and public servant rather than a practising barrister. In 1999 she was the second woman to be promoted to the Court of Appeal, before becoming the UK's first woman Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and then justice of the Supreme Court.

After graduating from Cambridge in 1966, she taught law at Manchester University from 1966 to 1984, also qualifying as a barrister specialising in Family and Social Welfare law. In 1984 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission. Important legislation resulting from the work of her team at the Commission includes the Children Act 1989, the Family Law Act 1996, and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

You can read Baroness Hale's lecture for BIHR “What can the Human Rights Act do for my mental health

 

Christopher Lush CMG

Sir Basil Hall KCB MC TD

Sir John Freeland KCMG QC

The Rt. Hon Lord Browne-Wilkinson PC

 

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