The Griffith Lecture

The Griffith Lecture
The Griffith Lecture

Principal speaker

Ms Shami Chakrabarti

The Griffith Lecture 2016

Shami Chakrabarti CBE: On Liberty

Shami Chakrabarti CBE explores why our fundamental rights and freedoms are indispensable and the unprecedented pressures those rights are under today. Drawing on her own work in high-profile campaigns, from privacy laws to anti-terror legislation, Shami will illustrate the threats to our democratic institutions and show why our rights are paramount in upholding democracy.

Shami Chakrabarti is one of the UK’s best known campaigners. She served as director of Liberty for more than a decade gaining a reputation for her fearless campaigning against anti-terrorist measures and the erosion of civil liberties.

In 2007 Shami was awarded a CBE. In 2011, she was invited to be one of six independent assessors advising Lord Justice Leveson in his Public Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the UK Press. She was chosen as one of only eight Olympic Flag carriers at the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, alongside Doreen Lawrence and Nobel peace prize winner Leyma Gbowee.

Her book, On Liberty, was released in 2014.

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