C219-20 College Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BT
Professor Phil Shiner will discuss the core principles that led him to practice law in the public interest for 35 years standing alongside victims of abuses of power from the Law Centre movement in 1983 onwards to his time as a specialist Claimant Environmental Lawyer, including his extra-territorial work in Iraq, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland and the occupied Palestinian territories from 2002 onwards. The focus will be on the power of the rule of law, Judicial Review and combatting the power of the executive.
Phil Shiner says he will tell two stories: "The first one is about 'The Altar Boy who Grew up to Worship at the Shrine of Human Rights' (a Daily Mail headline piece about me on 6 May 2004). That is, what drives me to confront state abuses of power. The second is the story of what was done in our name in Iraq and why recent vicious personal attacks on me by the government beg the question: 'What are they trying to cover up?'"
17:00 – 17:30 Reception drinks, First Floor Mezzanine, College Building
17:30 – 18:30 Lecture, Room C219-20, College Building
18:30 – 20:00 Buffet and Drinks, First Floor Mezzanine, College Building