School of Law

Annual Essex Law Lecture

This event offers students an excellent opportunity to network with local solicitors who are invited to attend the reception and lecture.

For the past 30 years, a highlight of the legal year has been the Essex Law Lecture, hosted by the School of Law with the support of the local profession through the Suffolk and North Essex Law Society (SNELS). Previous speakers have included senior judges, the Director of Public Prosecutions, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, directors of NGOs, prominent legal practitioners and Members of Parliament.

29th Annual Essex Law Lecture

  • Speaker: Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty.
  • Topic: Who are we? Hate, hostility and human rights in a post-Brexit world
  • Date: 16 February 2017

Martha joined Liberty as Director in May 2016. She arrived from Doughty Street Chambers, where she specialised in defending access to justice and the rights of women, children and disabled people. She acted for bereaved families seeking answers after loved ones died in state care, represented victims of rape, domestic violence and trafficking who were failed by the police, brought claims on behalf of prisoners and immigration detainees who had been mistreated in custody and challenged attempts to curb press freedom, privacy and protest rights.

In 2015 Martha co-founded the ‘Act for the Act’ campaign, which put posters on trains, buses and billboards across the country telling the stories of men, women and children who had used the Human Rights Act when things went wrong in their lives. Martha was previously a lawyer at the mental health charity, Mind, and at the Public Law Project.


2017 29th Annual Essex Law Lecture
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