Lectures and Debates

For over 23 years, BIHR has been hosting lectures and debates that are open to everyone and provide a rare opportunity for members of the public to hear, and question, high profile speakers talking about a range of human rights issues. Speakers at these events have included Jon Snow, Shami Chakrabarti, Clare Short MP and Cherie Booth QC.

Transcripts and extracts from past lectures can be viewed online and downloaded.

BIHR lectures are British Sign Language interpreted.

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BIHR Lunchtime Lecture November 2008

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Sponsors of the BIHR Lunchtime Lectures

The Lunchtime Lectures are generously sponsored by Irwin Mitchell and One Crown Office Row.

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Irwin Mitchell ranks among the top 10 largest law firms in the UK. Acting for individuals, businesses and public authorities, Irwin Mitchell’s range of work and clients is unique in the civil liberties and human rights field, covering prisons and criminal justice, actions against the police, health and community care provision, education, planning and environmental law and some aspects of immigration law.
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One Crown Office Row is a leading civil set of Chambers (93 Members including 17 silks). Head of Chambers, Philip Havers QC, also leads the set's public law and human rights team and has been involved in several groundbreaking human rights cases. He and 12 other Members wrote the well-received An Introduction to Human Rights and the Common Law in 2000. In 2002, the set launched the unique and free Human Rights Update service at www.humanrights.org.uk, now used by over 13,000 subscribers and containing over 900 commentaries. The 'Experience' section of that site describes the set's extensive expertise in this field.