How can lawyers shape society? with Andrea Coomber, Director – JUSTICE
JUSTICE is the all-party law reform and human rights organisation, working to strengthen the UK justice system in all its guises. Andrea has been the Director of JUSTICE for seven years, hugely instrumental in developing its role in shaping the UK legal landscape. She will talk about the contribution that lawyers can make to society and to the world around them, considering the skills required for this wider role and the opportunities for lawyers to make such a contribution. Sitting on boards is one such opportunity!
Between 2002 and 2013 Andrea was Equality Lawyer and then Legal Director at INTERIGHTS (the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights) where she litigated key cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. For a decade, Andrea trained lawyers and judges on international law and equality law in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, originally qualifying as a barrister and solicitor in Australia.
In October 2019, Andrea was appointed as a Lay Member of the Conduct Committee of the House of Lords.