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Shami Chakrabarti Honorary graduate, 2010

Director of Liberty; Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University; Governor of the London School of Economics; Governor of the British Film Institute; Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford; Master of the Bench of Middle Temple

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I have never regretted studying and going to university in particular. It has been crucially important for my career, but also crucially important to my life – my personal as well as my professional life.

Shami Chakrabarti has been director of Liberty since September 2003. She first joined Liberty as in-house counsel in 2001, and became heavily involved in its engagement with the 'War on Terror' and with the defence and promotion of human rights values in parliament, the courts and wider society.

A barrister by background, she was called to the Bar in 1994 and worked as a lawyer in the Home Office from 1996 until 2001 for governments of both persuasions.

Since becoming Liberty’s director, she has written, spoken and broadcast widely on the importance of the post-second world war human rights framework as an essential component of democratic society.

Shami accepted her honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Southampton, Social Sciences, on 21 July 2010.

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