The Annual Harry Street Lecture
|Dates:||26 October 2022|
|Times:||17:00 - 19:00|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public, Post 16|
Newly appointed Chancellor of the University of Manchester, Nazir Afzal, is one of the UK’s leading advocates for social justice.
Nazir spent many years with the CPS, and later joined the Association of Police and
Crime Commission (leaving to comment more freely on the Manchester Arena Bombing)
and the Independent Press Standards Organisation. Throughout his career he has
doggedly fought for the rights of women and children, especially those from minority
ethnic and religious backgrounds, but has been a voice for the vulnerable more generally.
He has been outspoken on forced marriage, honour killings and female genital mutilation.
From his own early experiences of racism and bullying onwards, Nazir understood that
the criminal justice system, functioned to marginalise and exclude certain groups of
people. He also rapidly came to perceive that both the problems and solutions were
nuanced and complex, a reality that he would dramatically confront when prosecuting
the Rochdale Child Sexual Exploitation cases.
Nazir is also the independent Chair of the Catholic Church’s Safeguarding Agency, and is
currently conducting an independent review of the culture of London Fire Brigade for the
Mayor of London.
His talk will engage with the question of why the current justice system is broken, as well
as the legacy of Rochdale. What can we do to make all citizens truly equal before the law,
regardless of age, gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, religion or culture?
The lecture will be followed by a Drinks Reception from 18:00
Organisation: University of Manchester
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