2006 Honorary Award
Geoffrey Bindman – Partner, Bindman and Partners and leading human rights lawyer
Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD)
Geoffrey Bindman, founder of civil liberties law firm Bindman & Partners, has consistently championed human rights in the UK and abroad by playing a leading role in several human rights missions in trouble-spots such as South Africa, Uganda, Northern Ireland and the Occupied Territories. During his long and distinguished career he has fought a succession of influential high-profile cases, including representing Amnesty International in the fight to extradite Chilean dictator General Pinochet to Spain. He also defended Private Eye magazine in its libel battles with business tycoon Sir James Goldsmith and acted on behalf of Clive Ponting in the Belgrano sinking case.
He is holder of the Liberty and Law Society’s Gazette Lifetime Achievement Award for Human Rights. He has played a significant role in pushing civil liberties up the political agenda, lecturing all over the world and writing and speaking in the national and legal media.
In 2004, he advised Kingston University on the launch of its own MA in Human Rights, which trains students for roles in organisations working in the field and gives existing human rights practitioners the chance to carry out research in their specialist areas.