Shakespeare and the Law

PBI UK and Alliance for Lawyers at Risk celebrate the courage of threatened lawyers through the works of Shakespeare at ‘Shakespeare and the Law’ Event

“Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.” Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Shakespeare and the Law - 16 November 2015

PBI UK and the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk cordially invite you to ‘Shakespeare and the Law’ on the evening of 16 November 2015.

Read an article about the event in The Times Law diary here.

PBI UK and the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk are organising a special event on the theme of ‘Shakespeare and the Law’ on 16 November 2015, 6:30 pm to start at 7:00 pm at the Middle Temple Hall.

The evening is being held to honour the courage of lawyers who take risks on a daily basis to defend the Rule of Law. Performances will be given by: Sheila Hancock, Alex Jennings, Juliet Stevenson and Samuel West. As well as recorder players from the Royal College of Music, London performing Fantazias (1680) by Henry Purcell.

Community Consultation and Megaprojects; Addressing the Gaps

Peace Brigades International UK and The Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Studies cordially invite you to a panel discussion about: Community Consultation and Megaprojects

on Wednesday 24 June, 18:30 – 20:30

at Senate House – Room G37, Malet Street, London

Speakers Include:

Omar Jeronimo • Nuevo Día Indigenous Association, Guatemala

Monica Feria-Tinta • 20 Essex Street Chambers

Chris Moye • Global Witness

PBI celebrates 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta!

On Thursday 16th April PBI and the "Alliance for Lawyers at Risk" network celebrated the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta with a private viewing of “Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy” exhibition at the British Library.

Guests included members of PBI’s Alliance for Lawyers at Risk and other PBI supporters and they were treated to speeches by Lord Scott of Foscott (PBI patron), Frederick Mulder CBE, Julian Harrison (exhibition Curator) and Mandira Sharma (Nepalese lawyer who has received support from PBI) before they viewed the exhibition.

PBI UK and Alliance for Lawyers at Risk Reception and Private Viewing of the "Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy" Exhibition

Around 160 people attended PBI and The Alliance for Lawyers at Risk celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta at the British Library on 16 April 2015. Among them were judges, barristers, solicitors, members of civil society, academics, politicians and civil servants.

The event was held to celebrate the anniversary and to honour defenders of the rule of law who are at risk for their work to uphold the principles embedded in the Magna Carta. Chaired by PBI UK patron Sir Henry Brooke CMG, the event was also addressed by PBI UK patron Lord Scott of Foscote, Nepalese Human Rights Lawyer Mandira Sharma and Dr Frederick Mulder CBE who illustrated the importance of the legacy of the Magna Carta in the work of human rights lawyers today.

PBI signs civil society proposals for the new EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy

Frontline Defenders, Protection International, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (OBS), Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and PBI call on the EU and its member states to use the revision of the EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy as an opportunity to be more ambitious in the support it gives to human rights defenders.   While the coalition welcomes the practical and measurable action points of the current Action Plan, the EU and its member states need to adopt a more coherent and holistic approach in their relations with human rights defenders.

PBI UK establishes "Bearing Witness Fund" to support field volunteers

On International Human Rights Day this 10 December 2014 PBI UK established a new initiative called the “Bearing Witness Fund” to honour the commitment of volunteers who offer a year of their lives for free to protect human rights defenders at risk. PBI field volunteers work around the clock if needed to protect the lives and working space of human rights  defenders.

PBI UK is raising funds to cover volunteer costs at every stage of their placement. Any donation to this fund will be doubled by a UK trust for free. A trust that has supported PBI in the past will match donations given by other donors up to a maximum amount of £20,000. Therefore, the impact of any donation to the fund will be even greater.

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