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Baroness Hale is a former professor of law at Manchester University, and she made history in 2004 as the first female to be appointed to the House of Lords. She has been a consistent critic of the judicial appointments system for self-selecting from a pool of predominantly white men from similar economic and academic backgrounds, and she has been widely lauded for her concise, compassionate judgments. As Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court, she remains the most senior female judge in British history, and was invited to TCD Law Soc to receive the Trinity Praeses Elit Award.
In November 1997, Mary McAleese was inaugurated as the eighth President of Ireland. Mary McAleese was re-elected on Friday 1st October 2004 being the only validly-nominated candidate, and served as president until November 2011. She graduated in Law from the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1973 and was called to the Northern Ireland Bar. In 1975, she was appointed Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College Dublin and in 1987, she returned to her Alma Mater, Queen’s, to become Director of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies. In 1994, she became the first female Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Queen’s University of Belfast. She has a longstanding interest in many issues concerned with justice, equality, social inclusion, anti-sectarianism and reconciliation.
Sudanese-born, Dr Mo Ibrahim is an entrepreneur and philanthropist, and has been described by the Guardian as "the most influential black man in Britain". Dr Ibrahim is the Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation which he established in 2006 to support good governance and exceptional leadership on the African continent, and he has pledged to give at least half of his wealth to charity by joining The Giving Pledge. Dr Ibrahim is also Founding Chairman of Satya Capital Limited, a private equity fund focused on Africa and Chairman of TPG-Satya, a Joint African Investment.
Alan Rusbridger is a British journalist and the former editor-in chief of The Guardian. As editor, he oversaw the integration of the paper and digital operations, helping to build a website which today attracts visits from more than 100 million unique browsers a month. Now the world's second largest serious newspaper website, it has regularly been voted the best newspaper website in the world.
Alastair Campbell is a writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. He continues to advise left-of-centre parties, and now splits his time between writing, speaking, charities and consultancy. He has written eleven books in the past eight years, most recently 'Winners and How They Succeed', a Number 1 bestseller.
Alex Salmond MP MSP, is the former First Minister of Scotland and was Leader of the Scottish National Party for over twenty years, from 1990 to 2000 and from 2004 to 2014. Alex Salmond commanded global headlines as the architect behind the movement for Scottish independence last year, which was narrowly defeated by referendum in September 2014. In May 2015, he was elected as MP for Gordon as one of the famous SNP 56.
Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson
Mary Robinson served as the seventh, and first female, President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002. She first rose to prominence as an academic, barrister, campaigner and member of the Irish Senate (1969–1989). She is a former law student of Trinity College, and served as Auditor of the Trinity College Law Society.
Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury is currently President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. He was a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary until the House of Lords judicial functions were transferred to the new Supreme Court in 2009, at which point he became Master of the Rolls, the second most senior judge in England and Wales. Neuberger was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2012. He also serves as a Non-Permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.
Gambian lawyer, former government civil servant, international criminal law prosecutor and legal adviser Dr. Fatou Bensoouda has been the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor since June 2012, after having served as a Deputy Prosecutor in charge of the Prosecutions Division of the ICC since 2004. She has held positions of Legal Adviser and Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).
Sarah Gray Rafferty is an American television and film actress. She is known mainly for her role as Donna on the USA Network legal drama Suits. She has appeared in several other television series.
Ms. Ory Okolloh is a Kenyan activist, lawyer, and blogger. She currently holds the position of Director of Investments at Omidyar Network. She was formerly the Policy Manager for Africa with Google. In 2006 she co-founded the parliamentary watchdog site Mzalendo. The site sought to increase government accountability by systematically recording bills, speeches, MPs, standing orders, etc.
Lord Jonathan Sumption OBE
UK Supreme Court judge and one of the most celebrated barristers of our generation and described by the Guardian as “the greatest legal mind in the United Kingdom.” The first person to have been raised directly to Judge of the Supreme Court at its straight from the bar, this event should not be missed.
Mrs. Cherie Blair QC
The wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair and a founding Member of the Matrix Chambers of London, Mrs. Blair continues to practice as a barrister and was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 1995. She has been involved in a number of high-profile cases, including cases before the European Court of Justice concerning discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and is a hugely influential political figure in the UK
Mr. Jeh Johnson
Currently General Counsel at the US Department of Defense, Jeh Johnson is regarded as one of the most powerful lawyer in America, and was named as one of America’s 50 Most Influential Democrat Lawyers in The National Law Journal in 2008. In his current role, Johnson negotiates US defence tactics against the Al-Qaeda and is the leader in opposition of the “Don’t ask Don’t Tell” military policy. He’s also in there with Obama and kind of a big deal.
Mr. Paul Hill (Member of the Guilford Four)
One of the most recognizable victims of the miscarriages of justice that took place in the UK due to racial discrimination against the Irish. Mr.Hill spent 15 years in prison where he endured torture and discrimination on a daily basis. After his release Mr.Hill married the daughter of Robert Kennedy and has become a social light in Washington DC high-life. World famous documentaries and films have been made about this incident which has gone down in history, and we’re giving you the opportunity to get a real live show.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Susan Denham
Susan Denham is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ireland. She was appointed by the President of Ireland on 25 July 2011. She is the first female to hold the position, and is the longest-serving member of the court. She is an alumni of Trinity Law School and a former Pro-Chancellor of Trinity College.
Ms. Ertharin Cousin
Ertharin Cousin is, since 2012, the twelfth Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme. From 2009 to 2012, Cousin served under President Barack Obama as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, serving in Rome, Italy, and chief of the United States Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome. In 2014, Cousin was ranked number 45th on the Forbes Magazine's List of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women and she was named to the TIME 100 most influential people in the world list.
Mr. Martin Garbus
Martin Garbus is an American attorney. He has tried cases throughout the country involving constitutional, criminal, copyright, andintellectual property law. He has appeared before the United States Supreme Court as well as trial and appellate courts throughout the United States. He is the author of six books and over 50 articles. Shouting Fire is an award winning documentary film about his life and career. A Fulbright scholar, he received the Fulbright Award for his work on International Human Rights in 2010.