Shami Chakrabarti
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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-WW2 human rights framework as an essential component of democratic society. She is Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, a Governor of the London School of Economics and the British Film Institute, and a Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple.

She was born in London and studied Law at the London School of Economics. She is Chancellor of Essex University and a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple. Shami's first book, On Liberty, was published by Allen Lane on October 2014.

Entries by Shami Chakrabarti

My Letter to Father Christmas

(4) Comments | Posted 10 December 2015 | (23:00)

Dear Father Christmas,

It's been a while since I've written; probably decades in fact. And it might seem strange or even inappropriate for an adult to add to an in-box so full of childrens' wishes as you approach your busiest time of year. Yet it is with the children very...

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The Pleas of the Voiceless May Be All Too Easy to Ignore - The Tens of Thousands Marching Through London Will Be Harder to Dismiss

(157) Comments | Posted 12 September 2015 | (00:00)

On Saturday I'll join thousands of others - including my Liberty colleagues and many of our members - to take to the streets of London in solidarity with refugees.

We will march to show the powerful that we see through the barrage of poisonous, dehumanising rhetoric with...

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Why Does Our Collective Empathy So Often Fail to Manifest in Our Treatment of Refugees?

(9) Comments | Posted 16 June 2014 | (00:00)

There are moments where, with stomach-churning speed, our lives rearrange themselves around us and, when the dust settles, their familiar patterns and grooves are destroyed.

For most of us these will be times of personal tragedy or wild success. They won't be our country's collapse into war,...

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Celebrating 80 Years of Liberty's Ongoing Fight for Fairness and Freedom

(0) Comments | Posted 4 February 2014 | (10:56)

I know we don't look it but, on 24 February of this year, Liberty turns 80 years old. That's eight decades of holding the powerful to account as the UK's leading human rights organisation. Of course, a lot has changed over such a long time, right? Everything's different now, isn't...

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The News of the World: no Wonder They Hated Human Rights...

(11) Comments | Posted 8 July 2011 | (17:04)

This week has been like the final act/episode of a grand/soap opera (delete according to taste). First the bankers; then the politicians and finally the journalists. Three great houses of power and influence in Britain have broken our trust and fallen from grace.

And yet we need banks in a...

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