6 February, 2008 – Liberty director to officially open Salford Law School
Shami Chakrabarti CBE, director of human rights group Liberty, will be speaking about 'the law and terror' at the University of Salford on Friday 8th February at the officially opening of the Salford Law School.
A barrister by background, Shami will be launching the £10m School – which attracted almost 100 budding lawyers when it opened its doors in September – exceeding its targets for the first academic year.
In her speech, Shami is expected to highlight the importance of the post-war human rights framework as an essential component of democratic society. Having worked as a Home Office lawyer, she is a critic of what she has described as the Government’s constant erosion of personal freedoms.
She will also officially open the School’s purpose-built Lady Hale Building, named after Lady Brenda Hale, the UK’s first and only female law lord. Lady Hale will join Shami and guests in celebrating the official opening of the new building which features a state-of-the-art law library.
Head of Salford Law School, Professor Alistair Alcock said: "Shami is a noted authority on civil liberties and human rights issues and we are delighted to welcome her to the University.
"It will be fascinating to hear her views on these topical and thought-provoking issues. It will also be good to welcome back Lady Hale to the new building where she laid the foundation stone a year ago."
In September 2008 Salford Law School will expand its existing long distance learning postgraduate courses in health care, and health and safety law, with the introduction of a course in construction law.
Alistair added: "This is a fantastic first year for the Salford Law School. Our qualifying law degree focuses on the practical legal skills aimed at preparing students, not only for the legal professions, but for the many different areas in which lawyers gain employment.
"With high-profile legal figures such as Shami Chakrabarti and Lady Hale backing us, I am confident the School will go from strength to strength."
Source: University of Salford press release