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Blackstone Chambers hosted ‘Women in the Law and the Role of Law in Society,’ a conference that celebrated 100 years of Women in Law.

This seminar was one of a series of Women in Law events and initiatives that Blackstone Chambers has undertaken to encourage diversity within the legal industry and to mark the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 that enabled women to practise as lawyers. One other key project was our third collaboration with the Guy Fox History Project, a children’s book celebrating the impact that women have made on our legal system over the past century. More details on this book, History Rocks: Women in Law can be found here.

This discussion looked at the history and role of women in the law; addressing the questions we face today regarding the rule of law and the role of law in the future, within the UK and globally. It sought to explore challenges such as populism, security, climate change, migration and other profound issues and how they will affect the work and role of lawyers and jurists in the future.

The event was chaired by Professor, Writer and Broadcaster, Afua Hirsch,  with a panel that comprised:

Mary Arden, Lady Arden of Heswall - Supreme Court Justice

Chief Justice Ashenafi - President of the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia

Monica Carss-Frisk QC – Joint Head of Blackstone Chambers

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC - Barrister and Member of the House of Lords

Justice Catherine O'Regan - Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford

Gayatri Sarathy – Barrister at Blackstone Chambers


Please find a summary video of the event here:

To watch the full video please visit our Client Area. If you have not previously registered for access to the Client Area, please contact Charlotte Hegley.