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The Charter School

North Dulwich

Shami Chakrabati CBE inspires Charter students 

Director of Liberty meets 300 sixth form students 

Shami Chakrabarti CBE,  Director of civil liberties organisation 'Liberty', visited The Charter School on Thursday November 26th. Ms Chakrabati gave a passionate talk about her career and her current work to help ensure that the right balance is achieved as the draft Investigatory Powers Bill is being debated in Parliament. 

Over 300 sixth form students packed the Hall, as Ms Chakrabati explained “We need the Investigatory Powers Bill, we just need it to be radically tightened up. We need a more rational, proportionate approach". 

Ms Chakrabati is currently campaigning for improvements to be made to the upcoming Bill, which would allow the mass collection of users’ internet records. She is also campaigning to protect the Human Rights Act.

Students asked some challenging and topical questions, and Ms Chakrabati received loud applause at the end of her talk. 

Shami Chakrabati was born in London and studied Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was called to the Bar in 1994 and worked as a lawyer in the Home Office from 1996 until 2001 for Governments of both persuasions. She first joined Liberty as In-House Counsel in 2001, and became heavily involved Liberty’s engagement with the 'War on Terror' and with the defence and promotion of human rights values in Parliament, the Courts and wider society.

Since becoming Liberty’s Director she has written, spoken and broadcast widely on the importance of the post-WW2 human rights framework as an essential component of democratic society.

In 2011, Shami was invited to be one of six independent assessors advising Lord Justice Leveson in his Public Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the UK Press. In February 2014, she was appointed as Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Manchester.