JUSTICE Scotland Human Rights Lecture 2023

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Date(s) - 02/02/2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Signet Library


We are thrilled to announce that JUSTICE Scotland’s Annual Human Rights Lecture will be returning on 2 February 2023, at The Signet Library in Edinburgh. This year’s lecture will be delivered by Edward Fitzgerald CBE KC, joint head of Doughty Street Chambers.

There are limited tickets left – book yours here.

We are grateful to Pinsent Masons LLP for their continued support of the Annual Human Rights Lecture.

Registration: from 5:30pm
Lecture: 6pm

Edward Fitzgerald CBE KC is the Founding Head of Doughty Street Chambers. Edward Fitzgerald KC has been named Human Rights and Public Law Silk of the Year (2013), Legal Aid Lawyer of the year (2009), and Silk of the Year (2005). In 1998 he was given the Times Justice Human Rights Award. In 2008 he was awarded the CBE for services to human rights. He is ranked at the highest level in his fields of specialty – criminal law, public law, judicial review and international human rights law. Described as ‘one of the original godfathers of human rights’, Edward has been involved in some of the most important human rights cases seen in the last 4 decades. In extradition, Edward acts for Julian Assange against the US and will represent Gabriel Popoviciu in the Supreme Court on the grounds of judicial bias. He has argued for and secured a series of important rulings from the Privy Council striking down the mandatory death penalty in Caribbean jurisdictions, such as St Lucia, Belize, St Kitts and the Bahamas, in the cases of Hughes, Reyes, Fox and Bowe. In 2018, Edward represented Olivier Bancoult and the Chagos Islanders in the High Court, and before that in the Supreme Court in the well-known case of Bancoult No. 4 in 2016. In 2019, Edward successfully represented Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden Bush in their landmark constitutional motion in front of the Chief Justice to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage in the Cayman Islands.