Supreme Court justice to deliver lecture as part of Belfast Pride Festival

Date: Friday, 28th July 2017
Time: 1530
Location: Moot Court Room, School of Law, Main Site Tower, Queen’s University Belfast

UK Supreme Court Justice Lord Kerr will deliver the inaugural Belfast Pride Law Lecture organised by Lawyers with Pride.

Brian Kerr, Baron Kerr of Tonaghmore, is one of the UK’s 11 Supreme Court Justices and former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland.

In the first speech of its kind, Lord Kerr will explore some recent cases in the UK Supreme Court and then participate in a question and answer session.

The lecture is organised by Lawyers with Pride, a group of legal professionals with the aim of fostering relationships within the profession and projecting a more inclusive and accepting image of the legal profession within the LGBT+ community.

Lawyers with Pride co-founder Ciaran Moynagh said: “The fact Lord Kerr has agreed to deliver this landmark lecture during Belfast Pride shows just how important the issues are and further demonstrates that the legal profession have a significant role to play.

“It’s vital the legal profession reflects the community we serve.  We too often forget the courts process is intimidating. These concerns are felt more sharply by members of the LGBT+ community who often feel judgement from all angles.

“Lawyers with Pride, with Lord Kerr’s help, want to demonstrate the law is a modern, inclusive tool which is available to everyone in our community”.

Conor McCormick, fellow co-founder, said: “Many researchers from the Human Rights Centre at Queen’s have a longstanding commitment to researching how the human rights of the LGBT+ community are protected by law.

“This event is a wonderful opportunity for lawyers from every branch of the legal profession in Northern Ireland to come together and recognise the importance of ensuring the effectiveness of these legal protections. The Centre is immensely grateful to Lord Kerr for agreeing to participate in this flagship inaugural lecture.

Tickets for the Belfast Pride Law Lecture are still available, but space is limited: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-inaugural-belfast-pride-law-lecture-2017-with-lord-kerr-of-tonaghmore-tickets-35929746840

Lawyers with Pride will again take part in the Belfast Pride Parade, Saturday August 5th 2017. Further information: https://www.facebook.com/LawyerswithPride/