09 December 2011
Mark Hammond, Chief Executive of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), gave his first public lecture on Wednesday night as a Visiting Professor at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Mr Hammond spoke on the history of individual rights in this country in a lecture entitled ‘You are not the boss of me now - 783 years of human rights in the UK’.
He said: “I am a historian by training, so rather than leap straight into trying to explain why the term ‘human rights’ has become so politically charged, I have taken the long view and argued that Britain took a wrong turn in our attitude to those who hold power and control in our society, and persuade you that we are still paying the price.”
A full transcript of the lecture is now available via the EHRC website: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/human-rights/our-human-rights-strategy/speech-mark-hammond-commission-chief-executive-canterbury-7-december-2011/.
A podcast of the evening, including a question and answer session from the audience, will be available shortly via: http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/events/public-lectures/.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
- 94% of our nursing students are employed in nursing roles six months after finishing their course.
- Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
- In 2012 we will celebrate our Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.