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Shami Chakrabarti

(1969-), Lawyer and human rights campaigner; director of Liberty

Sitter in 2 portraits
Director of human rights pressure group Liberty since 2003. Born in London, Chakrabarti studied Law at the London School of Economics. She became a barrister before joining the Home Office Legal Adviser's Branch in 1996, where she was one of the officials responsible for the implementation of the Human Rights Act. Chakrabarti began work at Liberty in 2001 as an In-house Counsel. Chakrabarti is a recognised expert and spokesperson on the UK's anti-terrorism laws and has published numerous pieces on civil liberties issues. She became Chancellor of Oxford Brooks University in 2008.

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Shami Chakrabarti, by Gillian Wearing - NPG 6923

Shami Chakrabarti

by Gillian Wearing
gelatin silver print, 2011
On display in Room 40 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6923

Shami Chakrabarti, by Neil Drabble - NPG x127774

Shami Chakrabarti

by Neil Drabble
C-type colour print, 11 May 2005
NPG x127774


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