The Bar Human Rights Committee hosted a special event in Swansea, focusing on opportunities for barristers and students to get involved in BHRC’s international human rights work, followed by a drinks reception sponsored by Angel Chamber, Wales and Chester Circuit and the Hillary RodhamClinton School of Law.

BHRC Chair Kirsty Brimelow QC discussed BHRC’s recent work, including acting as legal observers during the demolition of the “Jungle” camp in Calais, trial observation missions to Turkey and Egypt highlighting systemic failures in due process, mediation work between the government of Colombia and San José de Apartadó Comunidad de Paz, and ground-breaking training on child rights and the rights of IDPs for lawyers, judges, magistrates and social workers in Nigeria.

Executive Committee Member Dominic Boothroyd and Executive Officer Amanda June Chadwick explained the work BHRC is doing to confront these issues, and how the legal community can get involved, particularly by joining BHRC. Membership of the Bar Human Rights Committee is open to law students, barristers and academics.

The leaders of the Wales and Chester Circuit, Paul Hopkins QC said:

“On 19th April a large and enthusiastic cohort of south Wales barristers and local law students attended an excellent seminar by the Bar Human Rights Committee at the Hilary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University. Unfortunately Chair of the BHRC, Kirsty Brimelow QC, could not attend in person due to an overrunning case in Kent. Nevertheless Kirsty was still able  to remotely deliver  by skype a fascinating and inspirational presentation of the BHRC’s important work around the world. Amanda Chadwick, BHRC coordinator, was present to assist with all manner of inquiries about the organisation. Many thanks to Dominic Boothroyd, local BHRC representative, for organising such an impressive event”