Shami Chakrabarti

Profile: Shami Chakrabarti

Our final Penny Lecture of the autumn series will be given by Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti on the topic of why our fundamental rights and freedoms are indispensable. Read about Shami’s background and achievements.

Shami Chakrabarti has been Director of Liberty (The National Council for Civil Liberties) since September 2003.

Shami first joined Liberty as In-House Counsel on 10 September 2001. She became heavily involved in its engagement with the 'War on Terror' and with the defence and promotion of human rights values in Parliament, the Courts and wider society.

A Barrister by background, she was called to the Bar in 1994 and worked as a lawyer in the Home Office from 1996 until 2001 for Governments of both persuasions.

Since becoming Liberty’s Director she has written, spoken and broadcast widely on the importance of the post-World War Two human rights framework as an essential component of democratic society.

She was born in London and studied Law at the London School of Economics. Shami lives in London with her son. She is Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and a Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford in addition to being a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple.

In 2011, Shami 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 also chosen as one of eight Olympic Flag carriers at the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony. In February 2014, she was appointed as Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Manchester.

Shami’s Penny Lecture entitled On Liberty will be on Tuesday 25 November at the earlier time of 6pm, with doors opening at 5:30pm. Her book of the same name was released on the 2 October.

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