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Lord Lester was given a Lifetime Contribution Award by Halsbury’s/Lexis Nexis for his work over 30 years in the human rights field, which includes his being the architect of the Human Rights Act and his tireless work for race and gender equality culminating in the Equality Act 2010.

The citation at the ceremony on 29th September was as follows:

"Our award winner’s illustrious career has involved a relentless fight to protect people from discrimination and protect human rights. 

He was called to the Bar in 1964 and became a QC in 1975. He sat as a Recorder at the Crown Court and a Deputy High Court Judge before becoming a Liberal Democrat Peer.

He was a founder member of the Social Democratic Party, and is honorary President of the Liberal Democrat Lawyers Association and a member of Blackstone Chambers. 

He serves on the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and is regarded by many as the architect of human rights law.

He campaigned for thirty years to make the European Human Rights Convention directly enforceable in British courts and has driven change across the entire spectrum of discrimination law, campaigning in favour of civil partnerships and rallying against forced marriages.

His latest book “Five Ideas to Fight For: How Our Freedom is Under Threat and Why It Matters”, encourages us all to rally in defence of human rights; privacy, equality; freedom of speech and rule of law. 

He has lost none of his drive and commitment to saving human rights and serving the cause of justice."