Lawyer Gareth Peirce represents individuals subject to rendition and torture, held in prisons in the UK on the basis of secret evidence, and interned in secret prisons abroad under regimes that continue to practice torture. Clients include the Birmingham Six, Judith Ward, the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, and Moazzam Begg. In Dispatches From the Dark Side: On Torture and the Death of Justice, she looks at the British government’s involvement in torture which, if not accounted for, will destroy much of the moral and legal fabric it claims to be protecting. She discusses her work with Helena Kennedy QC, who has spent her professional life giving voice to those who have least power within the system, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights.
Gareth Peirce is an acclaimed human rights lawyer who, in a remarkable legal career of over 30 years, has appeared for the Birmingham Six, the family of Jean Charles de Menezes and Moazzam Begg, amongst many others. For more than 20 years, Peirce represented many wrongly accused Irish men and women, who had stood trial in England, with over 20 successful appeals. The most famous case was that of the Guildford Four, who were convicted of an IRA bomb attack in 1974 and freed by the Court of Appeal after serving 14 years in prison. The story was made into a controversial film, In The Name Of The Father, with Peirce’s role played by Emma Thompson. Peirce’s latest book is Dispatches From the Dark Side: On Torture and the Death of Justice.
Helena Kennedy is one of Britain’s most distinguished lawyers. She has spent her professional life giving voice to those who have least power within the system, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights. She has used many public platforms – including the House of Lords, to which she was elevated in 1997 – to argue with passion, wit and humanity for social justice. She has also written and broadcast on a wide range of issues, from medical negligence to terrorism to the rights of women and children. www.helenakennedy.co.uk
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