Radical lawyer Michael Mansfield QC is committed to human rights and civil liberties, driven by anger at injustice and hypocrisy, and has torn down the citadels of arcane legal conventions for more than 40 years, winning many cases, often against the odds. In Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer and this special lecture, he looks at many of them – the Angry Brigade, the Birmingham Six, the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, Angela Cannings, Jill Dando, Ruth Ellis, Stephen Lawrence, the Price Sisters, Judith Ward, Arthur Scargill and the miners, Dodi Fayed and Jean Charles de Menezes – and reflects on the need to construct a democratic legal system.
Michael Mansfield QC was born in 1941 and educated at Highgate School and Keele University. Called to the Bar in 1967, he established Tooks Chambers, in 1984 and became Queen’s Counsel in 1989. He has represented defendants in criminal trials, appeals, inquests and inquiries in some of the most controversial legal cases the country has seen, particularly where issues of civil liberty have arisen; he is president and patron of numerous organisations including the Haldane, Amicus and Viva!, professor and honorary fellow of many universities as well as being a regular contributor to public debates on human rights issues.
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