Audience with Shami Chakrabarti at Bedales

Academic & Curriculum, Bedales Senior

Fresh from her announcement at the start of January that she is to step down from human rights campaigning group, Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti visited Bedales School to deliver the third annual Global Awareness lecture on 27 January.

Shami who worked as in-house counsel and then director of Liberty, having joined the organisation in 2001, spoke to a packed hall at the school about her 2014 book, On Liberty, drawing on her work in high-profile campaigns during her time in the organisation.

Bedales is unique in the UK, making Global Awareness part of the core curriculum rather than simply an 'extra' and students examine issues of poverty, equality, social justice and human rights.

Students seized the opportunity to ask questions of the former barrister in a private audience before the talk and afterwards in a question and answer session. Headmaster Keith Budge said that Shami “…gave as fluent, clear and compelling a case for human rights and civil liberties as most of us are likely to hear.”

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