Date / time
Date(s) - 08/11/2023
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Our annual Tom Sargant Memorial Lecture 2023 will take place over Zoom at 6:30pm on 8 November 2023.
This year’s lecture is entitled Making the law work for women: Solutions to extreme misogyny, and will be delivered by Dr Ann Olivarius KC (Hon) OBE
Dr. Ann Olivarius KC (Hon) OBE is Chair of the Executive Committee of McAllister Olivarius, an international law firm specializing in cases of sexual misconduct and discrimination.
As a campaigner she has had a significant influence on the laws of England and Wales, from lobbying Parliament to pass criminal laws against non-consensual pornography to helping push the landmark UK Domestic Abuse Bill. She has also been among the most influential figures in changing the way in which UK universities respond to students who have been sexually harassed or assaulted.
As a practicing lawyer, she has achieved landmark settlements for survivors of abuse, including bringing the first ever civil claim against the Jehovah’s Witnesses for child abuse, and the first civil case over non-consensual pornography in England and Wales.
Tom Sargant was JUSTICE’s Secretary – broadly equivalent to today’s Director – from its foundation in 1957 to his retirement in 1982.
As a result of his commitment, persistence and determination, JUSTICE played a key role in taking up the cause of miscarriage of justice cases. His tireless campaigning resulted in some 25 people being released, or released early, from prison. He was instrumental in many of the cases featured in the BBC Rough Justice series.
Tom also played a major role in bringing about other key measures such as the creation of the office of Ombudsman and the establishment of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.
He died in 1988. Each year, we recognise Tom’s work by inviting a high profile speaker – from practice, the judiciary, academia or politics to speak at the Memorial Lecture.