How long have you been on the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society?
When did you decide to get actively involved in human rights? Was there one defining moment?
As a teenager I was interested in the civil rights movement and the ideas about peaceful non-violent protests as a means of challenging state injustice. I was particularly interested in the issue of whether there is a duty to disobey unjust laws.
Which human rights practitioners do you find most inspiring?
I help out with the interventions work. When I read about the bravery of people in other countries who are imprisoned, tortured and killed for their human rights work I am so inspired and humbled by their commitment.
What has been the high point of your human rights career so far?
Being one of the people who worked with the government task force in designing and setting up the EHRC. I was there at the start and I was proud to be part of the vision of a powerful and well resourced human rights and equality commission that would combat inequality and injustice and seek to ensure social justice for all.
What has been the low point?
To see how the Coalition has denuded the EHRC and what has now become of it.
Is there a current human rights debate that you are particularly interested in?
I am trying to get my head around the idea of the next generation of human rights in the internet age.
What is your favourite human right?
The right to life.
Do you support the work of a particular human rights NGO?
The Communities Empowerment Network which is an educational advocacy project fighting against unjust school exclusion, discrimination and the rights of children with special educational needs.
What is your dream job?
A travel writer with the freedom and the funding to explore anywhere I want to go.
What was the last book you read?
The Pearl by John Steinbeck. My son is studying this and I was encouraged by him to read it again after having read it 30 plus years ago.