Helena Kennedy

Helena Kennedy QC has practised at the Bar for 40 years in the field of criminal law and human rights.
She has chaired the British Council for six years and the UK Human Genetics Commission for eight years. She has been a member of the House of Lords for 19 years, where she sat on the Joint Committee of Human Rights but now chairs the Sub Committee on Justice within the European Union.
She is co-chair of the International Bar Association’s Institute of Human Rights and chair of Justice, the British arm of the International Commission of Jurists. She is currently Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford. She has received 42 honorary doctorates, is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Pathology, Pediatrics and Child Health and Psychiatry. She has been honoured by the Governments of France and Italy. She is the chair of the Booker Prize Foundation.