|Baroness Helena Kennedy QC|
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC joined the British Council Board in June 1998 and was appointed Chair with effect from 1 August 1998. She was a member of the British Council Law Advisory Committee from 1995 until 1998.
Baroness Kennedy was called to the Bar in 1972. She became a Queen’s Counsel in 1991 and received a life peerage in 1997. She practises predominantly in the criminal law, but also undertakes judicial review, public inquiries and sex discrimination work. She has acted in many of the leading British cases of the last decade including the Brighton Bombing Trial and the Guildford Four Appeal. She is a Bencher at Gray’s Inn.
Baroness Kennedy is also Chair of the Human Genetics Commission. She has fifteen honorary doctorates in law and is Vice-President of the Haldane Society and a Patron of Liberty. She is an honorary fellow of the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies and a Council Member for the Howard League for Penal Reform, for whom she chaired the Commission of Inquiry into Violence in Penal Institutions for Young People.
She is Chair of the London International Festival of Theatre, President of the National Children’s Bureau, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the City and Guilds London Institute. In 1999 she was elected as a Member of the Paris-based Academie Universelle des Cultures. She was a commissioner on the National Commission for Education, and, in 1997, she published a seminal report on further education, Learning Works.
A frequent broadcaster and journalist on law and women’s rights, she created the BBC television series Blind Justice in 1987. She was the first female moderator of the BBC’s Hypotheticals and continues to present them. Her award winning book on women in the British criminal justice system, Eve was Framed, was published in 1992.
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