Lecture by Shami Chakrabarti.
On 11 September 2001, our world changed. The West's response to 9/11 has morphed into a period of exception. Governments have decided that the rule of law and human rights are often too costly. In On Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti - who joined Liberty, the UK's leading civil rights organization, on 10 September 2001 - explores why our fundamental rights and freedoms are indispensable. She shows, too, the unprecedented pressures those rights are under today. Drawing on her own work in high-profile campaigns, from privacy laws to anti-terror legislation, Chakrabarti shows the threats to our democratic institutions and why our rights are paramount in upholding democracy.
This talk forms part of the Morley College Penny Lecture series. Penny Lectures began in 1882 at The Old Vic theatre in Waterloo. Topics were chosen to encourage new thinking and ideas and provided illustrated lectures at affordable prices…a penny! The lectures were a huge success and quickly led to the establishment of 'Morley Memorial College' for Working Men and Women.
Now celebrating its 125th anniversary, the college has revived the Penny Lecture series for a new generation.
Related website: www.morleycollege.ac.uk/pennylectures