9 Feb 2012 5:00pm - 7:00pm Mill Lane Lecture Room 9


Humanitas Visiting Professor in Women's Rights 2012: Baroness Helena Kennedy


The Humanitas Chair in Women's Rights has been made possible by the generous support of Mrs Carol Saper.

Baroness Helena Kennedy, leading barrister and an expert in human rights law, civil liberties and constitutional issues, will give a series of three public lectures and a concluding symposium on The Illusion of Inclusion: Women and the Law



Globalisation has expanded markets across borders and just as legitimate businesses have expanded their reach so have black markets. This lecture will look at the forms of crime like human trafficking which have spread like wildfire through the same technological advances which have enhanced markets. The lecture will contend that national legal systems are currently proving incapable of dealing adequately with globalised crimes, particularly those which involve the sexual abuse of women and children, but the profitability of such exploitation means international legal responses are resisted.

Further events in this series:

The lectures are free and open to all, no registration required.


About Helena Kennedy

Helena Kennedy is a leading barrister and an expert in human rights law, civil liberties and constitutional issues. She is a member of the House of Lords and chair of Justice, the British arm of the International Commission of Jurists. She is a bencher of Gray’s Inn and Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford. She has been the chair of Charter 88, the Human Genetics Commission and the British Council. She also chaired the Power Inquiry, which reported on the state of British democracy. She has received honours for her work on human rights from the governments of France and Italy and has been awarded more than thirty honorary doctorates. She is currently acting in cases connected to terrorism.  

About the Professorships

Humanitas is a series of Visiting Professorships at Oxford and Cambridge intended to bring leading practitioners and scholars to both universities to address major themes in the arts, social sciences and humanities. Created by Lord Weidenfeld, the Programme is managed and funded by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue with the support of a series of generous benefactors, and co-ordinated in Cambridge by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). Humanitas Visiting Professors are held by distinguished academics and leading practitioners who have contributed to interdisciplinary research and innovation in a broad range of contemporary disciplines in the arts, social sciences and humanities. Covering areas of urgent or enduring interest in today's society as well as the performing arts, Humanitas Visiting Professors will present their pioneering work through a series of lectures or performances open to University audiences and the wider public.


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