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Baroness Helena Kennedy on the power of law to drive change

Season 4, Ep. 4

Baroness Helena Kennedy is one of Britain’s most distinguished lawyers and has dedicated her more than forty-year career to giving voice to those who have least power within the system. Helena has worked on some of the UK’s most high-profile cases, including the appeal by the Guildford Four, who were wrongly accused and imprisoned for planting an IRA bomb in a pub used by British soldiers. She is also a leading voice for equal opportunities for women working in law and has championed reforms to address the discrimination experienced by women in the legal system, especially relating to sexual and domestic violence.


In this episode, Helena shares what sparked her love affair with the law and how she bucked convention to become one of Britain's leading barristers at a time when women were largely excluded from the legal profession. She and Julia discuss her landmark human rights cases, and also delve into her recent work on the #EvacuateHer campaign to provide support to female judges, lawyers, women’s rights activists, human rights defenders and their families who were at risk after the Taliban's resurgence in Afghanistan.


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