Friends of the Trust

In 2012 the Trust created a a circle of Friends of the Trust. The Friends are people who have a broad knowledge of human rights issues in the UK and internationally, and who may be called upon from time to time to offer advice to the Trust.

The friends:

Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow and Honorary Chair of the European Studies Centre at St Antony's College, Oxford. He writes regularly for the Guardian, the Independent, the Spectator and the New York Review of Books. He is the author of nine books on the history and politics of Europe.

Helena Kennedy QC is a barrister and an expert in human rights law. She is a member of the House of Lords, chair of Justice (the British arm of the International Commission of Jurists), and Co-Chair of the International Bar Association Institute for Human Rights. She is a bencher of Gray's Inn and Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford.

Kerry Kennedy is the President of the Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. She is the founder of the global education initiative Speak Truth to Power and is Chair of the Amnesty International USA Leadership Council.

Anthony Lester QC is a practising member of the English Bar and a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords. He specializes in constitutional and human rights law. He is honorary president of Interights (the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights), and former chair of the European Roma Rights Centre. He was instrumental in the 30-year campaign that led to the United Kingdom’s enactment in 1998 of the Human Rights Act. He is a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and the Commission on a Bill of Rights in the United Kingdom.

Anthony D Romero is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. An attorney with a history of public-interest activism, he is a graduate of Stanford University Law School and a member of the New York Bar Association.

Ken Roth has been the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch since 1993. Before joining Human Rights Watch as deputy director in 1987, he served as a federal prosecutor in New York, and on the Iran-Contra investigation in Washington.

Clive Stafford Smith is the founder and Director of the anti-death penalty organisation Reprieve. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School in New York, and previously worked as a lawyer specialising in death penalty cases and other human rights issues.