The Griffith Lecture 2016

On Liberty


Shami Chakrabarti CBE (UK)


The Griffith Lecture is currently BOOKED OUT

Shami will also be speaking as part of the 2016 Integrity 20 conference on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 26 October. Ticket still available.


6.30 – 7.45pm

Followed by drinks and nibbles in the foyer


“The most dangerous woman in Britain” – THE SUN

“Probably the most effective public lobbyist in the past 20 years”

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.

Other Awards & Honours
Chakrabarti is Chancellor of the University of Essex, Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, Honorary Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford and a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple. She has served as Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, a governor of the British Film Institute, and was a member of the Council and Court of Governors of the London School of Economics until April 2013.

She received honorary doctorates from the School of Law at University of Southampton in 2010 and the University of Glamorgan and Middlesex University in 2011. In 2014 she was made an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Manchester.

In 2013 she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and, in 2014, she was included in The Sunday Times’ 100 Makers of the 21st Century list.

The Griffith Lecture is followed by drinks and nibbles in the Conservatorium Foyer to celebrate the official launch of Integrity 20’16.

Integrity 20’16 Appearances

Shami will be also be speaking at Integrity 20’16 on Tuesday 25 October and Wednesday 26 October
Conservatorium Theatre, QCGU