Pro Bono Society Prisoners’ Rights Symposium

On Wednesday 25 November 2020, the Pro Bono Society launched the first of its online discussion events.
Pro Bono Society Prisoners’ Rights Symposium

Leicester Law School

Three projects from Leicester University’s Pro Bono Society that support fairness within the criminal justice system, Lawyers Without Borders, Amicus and Miscarriages of Justice, joined together to host an online symposium on prisoner rights. Members from our community discussed the treatment of prisoners with a particular focus on the right to vote and healthcare access.

The event debated the extent of rights and autonomy that exists and should be afforded to prisoners. An exploration of ideas followed for changes to the criminal justice system with an in-depth focus on policy-based improvements to improve compliance with human rights standards, including the European Convention of Human Rights.

After this successful event, the ten Leicester Law School Pro Bono projects are planning more events related to their particular focus. The next will be hosted by Lawyers Without Borders relating to the varying impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the exercise of human rights at a global scale.

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