Lord William Bach to give guest lecture on future of human rights

Lord Bach

Lord Bach

Lord William (Willy) Bach, Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Foreign and Commonwealth Minister, will give the guest lecture ‘Protecting citizens: the future of Human Rights’, at Nottingham Trent University on March 19.

In his talk, organised by the university’s School of Social Sciences, Lord Bach will argue that for Britain, the next few years will be crucial for the future of Human Rights Law. He will make the point that those who support the repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998 risk not only turning the clock back years, but also isolating Britain from the modern world.

His lecture, taking place in the university’s Newton building, will claim that the future of Human Rights in this country will be an important issue in the forthcoming General Election – and one which must be argued in a sensible and reasonable manner.

Lord Bach said: “The ever increasing power of the State and large corporations are a strong argument for the law to give greater protection to the individual citizen, not less protection. The recently passed legislation reducing Judicial Review is a step in entirely the wrong direction.”

Lord Bach is a British Labour member of the House of Lords. Educated at Westminster School and New College Oxford, he studied for the Bar between 1970 – 1972 and was a Practising Barrister on the Midland and Oxford Circuit between 1972 – 1999. Specialising in Criminal Law, he was Head of Chambers at King Street, Leicester.

His political career commenced at Leicester City Council in 1976 and includes time at Harborough District Council, Lutterworth Town Council and as Lutterworth Town Mayor. He became a member of the House of Lords in July 1998 and has since been appointed to a number of positions including Whip in the Lord Chancellor’s Department, Home Office, Department of Education and Sciences.

Lord Bach became Minister for Defence Procurement in 2001 before being appointed Minister for Farming and Food in DEFRA in 2005. He was then appointed as Whip in the Ministry of Justice, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department of Trade and Industry in 2007, prior to being appointed Minister for Legal Aid between 2008-2010.

He was appointed Shadow Attorney General in 2014.

For more information on the guest lecture, or to book a place visit here.

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