Shami Chakrabarti CBE | Integrity 20’16
The Griffith Lecture 2016 – On liberty
Filmed 26 Oct 2016
Venue Conservatorium Theatre
Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
South Bank, Brisbane
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..