Shami Chakrabarti CBE

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Shami Chakrabarti CBE joined the human rights organisation, Liberty (The National Council for Civil Liberties) as in-house counsel on the 10 September 2001, the day before the 11 September attack in New York. She became Liberty's Director in 2003. Shami has throughout her time at Liberty campaigned vigorously against anti-terrorist measures and legislation in the wake of the 9/11 and 7/7 terrorists' attacks. When asked in a BLD Interview what she would do or change if she could rule the world for a day, she responded: "Ensure that the Home Secretary is not allowed to legislate for 5 years and concentrate on actually achieving positive outputs other than by legislation."

In July 2011 she was appointed a panel member of the Leveson Inquiry - the Judicial Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the Press, including phone hacking, which closed in July 2012. In November 2011 she was named as the eighth most powerful Asian in the country by publications Garavi Gujarat (GG2) and Eastern Eye (EE). Shami also featured in the news in 2012 as one of The Times Law 100 of the most Influential judges and lawyers of 2012 and also one of eight Olympic Flag carriers at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics in July. In the past, she was awarded a CBE in the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours.

Shami graduated in Law at the London School of Economics in 1991, was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1994 and did her pupillage at 39 Essex Street Chambers. She worked as a lawyer at the Home Office between 1996 and 2001, where she worked on policy, legislation and litigation in the areas of counter-terrorism, asylum and criminal justice and on the implementation of the Human Rights Act.

Shami is the Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University.

See Also: 
the In-House and the Legal Eves sections.