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Shami Chakrabarti, director of human rights organisation Liberty, has been presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the College of Law (CoL).
Chakrabarti, alongside High Court judge Dame Linda Dobbs and Janet Gaymer, former senior partner of Simmons & Simmons were presented with the degrees at a graduation ceremony for CoL students.
At the event, which took place on 21 November, the college handed out LLB degrees to over 400 students, who have passed both its Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and then either its Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC).
Chakrabarti said: “An honour from the CoL is a particularly precious one. Lawyer-bashing has been a popular sport in recent years, but whether you’re a refugee with a family, an MP with a reputation or a banker with a business to protect, lawyers can often be a final lifeline for fairness and decency in a civilised society.”
The College also conferred a degree on the first graduate from its LL.M programme after it was named the first independent institution to be granted degree-awarding powers by the Privy Council in 2006.
Chakrabarti became director of Liberty in 2003 and recently played a leading role in the campaign against the extension of detention-without-charge from 28 to 42 days for terror suspects.
She was also prominent in campaigns against the introduction of identity cards, the extension of stop and search powers and the use of evidence obtained by torture.