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School of Law

Formal opening of the Liberty Building: new home for the School of Law

18 October 2011 | Amanda Hemingway

Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC formally opened the Liberty Building on Friday 7 October 2011.

The opening formed part of a conference on “The Idea of Liberty”, which brought together alumni, staff, students and friends of the School. The objective was to link the past with the present and the future and remind us all of some of the best aspects of University life, involving stimulating presentations and debate in good company.

The Keynote address was provided by Keir Starmer, QC DPP (graduate of the class of 1985). Keir is one of the country's leading human rights lawyers and as Director of Public Prosecutions responsible for prosecutions, legal issues and criminal justice policy at the Crown Prosecution Service, often finding himself to the fore in public debates around issues of legal and moral controversy.

Following the Keynote, Professors Ian Cram and Robert Blackburn explored the idea of “Liberty at home”; Professor Sir Nigel Rodley and Steven Kay QC examined the subject of “Liberty and others”; finally, Professor Rosa Greaves and Nick Taylor reflected and looked forward on “The Future for Law in the Liberty Building”. You can find the full programme here.

Speaking at the opening of the Liberty Building, the Head of School of Law, Professor Steven Wheatley, observed that the investment by the University in the Liberty Building demonstrated confidence that the School was in a good position to enhance its position as one of the elite research led law schools. The Liberty Building provides a fantastic environment in which to undertake world leading research and place the student experience at the heart of the School’s mission.

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