Helena Kennedy

Helena Kennedy QC has acted in many leading legal cases, including the Brighton Bombers’ trial and the Guildford 4 appeal. A Life Peer, she has received countless awards as an indefatigable fighter for justice.

Taking (Up) the Tablets: Simon Baron-Cohen, Michael Bywater, Giles Coren, Anne Karpf and Piers Paul Read

They are shared by all the religions of the Book but how resonant are the Ten Commandments in our lives today? Even such apparently obvious ones like thou shalt not kill are being questioned by the supporters of euthanasia.

Our glittering panel of writers discussed the relevance of the Ten Commandments today, proposed their own commandments and questioned the need for a common ethical backbone for the 21st century.

The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law

Two cult figures in the fight for justice, looked back on Albie Sachs’ life-long devotion to the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. For this he paid a high price – losing both an arm and the sight in one eye in a car bomb. The role he played in drawing up the new country’s Constitution was unique and he has only just retired from its Constitutional Court.

Jacqueline Rose and Helena Kennedy on Women in Dark Times
Jacqueline Rose’s compelling new book opens with three extraordinary women: revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg, German–Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon; and film icon Marilyn Monroe, whose lives intersected with some of the most dramatic events of the 20th century. Taking in revolution, totalitarianism and the American Dream, the book probes quintessential injustices both then and now. Jacqueline Rose, in conversation with civil liberties champion H...
Human Rights and Values for Our Times

Francesca Klug, Helena Kennedy and Susan Neiman invite us to consider what is distinctive about the ethics and practice of human rights, exploring such topics as Enlightenment values and what constitutes a just and fair society.

Brit(ish): on Race, identity and Belonging
You’re British. Your parents are British. You were raised in Britain. Your partner, your children and most of your friends are British. So why do people keep asking where you are from? In this personal and provocative investigation, Afua Hirsch explores a very British crisis of identity. We are convinced that fairness is one of our values, but that immigration is one of our problems. Brit(ish) is the story of how and why this came to be, and an urgent call for change. In partnership ...
Eve Was Shamed
What comes after #MeToo? In this ‘chilling exposé’ of British justice, Helena Kennedy QC, one of our most eminent lawyers and human rights activists, confronts a system that is discriminating against – and failing – women. The law, she argues, holds up a mirror to society and it is not serving women well. The #MeToo movement has, in part, been a reaction to those failures. So what comes next? Helena Kennedy shows with force and fury that change for women must start at the heart of wh...