Helena Kennedy(2019)

Helena Kennedy QC is one of the UK’s most distinguished barristers and parliamentarians. She has practiced at the Bar for over 40 years and conducted many leading cases, including the Balcombe Street Siege, the Brighton bombing trial, the Guildford Four Appeal, the Michael Bettany Espionage case, the bombing of the Israeli embassy, the Jihadist fertiliser bomb plot and the transatlantic bomb plot. She has championed law reform for women, especially relating to sexual and domestic violence and developed the defence of Battered Women's syndrome in British courts. She is the author of a number of books on law reform, co-wrote the successful television series Blind Justice and became a well-known broadcaster on law and ethics during the eighties. She has been a member of the House of Lords for over 20 years where she chairs the European Union Sub-Committee. She is chair of Justice, the British arm of the International Commission of Jurists.  She is also the chair of the Booker Prize Foundation.