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Centre for Law & Society in association with the Human Rights forum- Sir Geoffrey Bindman

Date: 23 February 2009 Time: 4.30-6.00 pm

The Centre for Law & Society in association with the Human Rights Forum presents a seminar by Sir Geoffrey Bindman. The lecture will address topical human rights issues.

Venue: George Fox LT B56 (new venue)

SIR GEOFFREY BINDMAN - "50 Years as a Human Rights Lawyer"

Throughout his long and distinguished legal career, Sir Geoffrey Bindman has specialised in civil liberty, anti-discrimination and human rights issues.

Prior to establishing his law firm, Bindman was legal adviser to the Race Relations Board (1966-73). He then spent ten years as legal adviser to the Commission for Racial Equality until 1983. Bindmans LLP was founded in 1974 by a small group of solicitors specialising in civil liberties and the rights of the individual. These concerns have remained at the heart of the firm as it has grown to its present size of 13 partners and over 100 lawyers and support staff. It is widely regarded as one of Britain's leading civil rights practices.

He has represented the International Commission of Jurists, the International Bar Association, Amnesty International, and other bodies in human rights missions in countries, including the former Soviet Union, Germany, South Africa, Chile, Uganda, Namibia, Malaysia, Israel and the Occupied Territories, and Northern Ireland. In 1988 he was a member of a UK mission monitoring the constitutional referendum in Chile and in 1994 was a United Nations Observer at the first democratic elections in South Africa.

He edited the report of the International Commission of Jurists' 1987 mission to South Africa (South Africa: Human Rights and the Rule of Law (Pinter Publishers 1988; Revised Edition 1989)). He is co-author, with Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC, of Race & Law (Longman & Penguin 1972). He has contributed chapters to several books, including Halsbury's Laws of England (4th Edition). He was an Oxford Amnesty lecturer, and has delivered the EP Thompson Memorial lecture at Worcester and the Ewan Davies lecture at Cardiff University.

He is a Visiting Professor of Law at University College London and at London South Bank University, an Honorary Fellow in Civil Legal Process at the University of Kent, and a Fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies. In 1982 he was Visiting Professor of Law at the University of California at Los Angeles. In July 2000 he received an honorary doctorate from De Montfort University. He also has an honorary doctorate from Kingston University, and is chair of the Board of Trustees at the British Institute of Human Rights and Hon. President of the Discrimination Law Association.

He has lectured at law schools in Britain, America, and other countries. Geoffrey is a regular writer and broadcaster in the specialist and national media on human rights, media law, anti-discrimination law, and the legal profession.

He has won awards for a lifetime's achievement in human rights from Liberty (December 1999) and the Law Society's Gazette (October 2003). He was knighted in the New Year Honours 2007 list for his services to human rights and civil liberties.

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Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Law and Society, Human Rights Forum, Law


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