Michael Mansfield - A Radical Lawyer


  • Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts Duncairn Avenue Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT14 6BP United Kingdom


A keynote address by the eminent British Barrister Michael Mansfield QC followed by an intimate Q&A session facilitated by BBC journalist William Crawley.

Michael Mansfield is perhaps the definitive example of British Human Rights Lawyer. He has dedicated his life to challenging injustice and serious breaches of human rights at home and abroad. Having being involved in notable landmark human rights cases representing clients such as the Guildford Four, Birmingham Six, Bloody Sunday families, the Hillsborough Disaster families, the family of Stephen Lawrence, Jean Charles de Menzes and many others.

In this talk he will share his experience of challenging human rights abuses and injustice across a legal career that has spanned over forty years and has mirrored some of the most challenging periods of recent British and Irish History, from the troubles in Northern Ireland to more recent counter terrorism across the UK. Looking forward Michael will also share his thoughts on the challenges that remain for dealing with the past and the unfinished legacy investigations of the troubles in Northern Ireland as well as his views on wider UK legal debates such as current threats to the Human Rights Act and the challenges that the Brexit process may present for the defence of human rights.