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Helena Kennedy Centre

Helena Kennedy Centre

The Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice is a leading centre for social justice and human rights. It provides a vibrant environment at the cutting edge of legal and criminal justice practice which prepares students for excellence in their chosen professional career.

The centre is home to a range of social justice and human rights activities that include:

  • research and scholarship work
  • global engagement
  • impact on policy
  • professional training and advocacy

Its central values are those of widening access to justice and education, the promotion of human rights, ethics in legal practice, equality and a respect for human dignity in overcoming social injustice.

The law is the bedrock of a nation; it tells us who we are, what we value, who has power and who hasn't. Helena Kennedy QC

The Helena Kennedy Centre's scope of expertise covers:

  • human rights
  • criminology
  • law
  • policing
  • probation

The centre works on the high profile projects in a variety of human rights and social justice areas. Research and projects concern Modern Day Slavery, gender-based violence, hate crime and many more.

News

Dr Sunita Toor posing with an Asian Women of Achievement Award

Dr Sunita Toor wins an Asian Women of Achievement Award

Dr Sunita Toor whose work has helped to transform the support for female victims of violence in India has won an Asian Women of Achievement Award.

Bruce Houlder

Fighting Knife Crime London and the Sheffield arm

Find out more about QC Bruce Houlder's new knife crime initiative, Fighting Knife Crime, and the Sheffield arm which is being launched in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University.

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Sheffield Hallam named a University of Sanctuary

Sheffield Hallam University has been named a University of Sanctuary in recognition of its outstanding support for refugees and people seeking sanctuary.


Featured projects

Two workers manually crushing silicon

In Broad Daylight: Uyghur Forced Labour and Global Solar Supply Chains

In Broad Daylight reveals how forced labour in the Uyghur region has ripple effects throughout international solar supply chains. 

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Understanding the impact of inspection on probation

This report outlines the findings from a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust funded study on the impact of inspection on probation, written by Dr Jake Phillips.

Home Office call for evidence on Violence Against Women and Girls - Recommendations from the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice

Home Office call for evidence on Violence Against Women and Girls VAWG

Academics and researchers from the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice contributed a number of recommendations to the Home Officer call for evidence on its Violence Against Women and Girls VAWG Strategy. Read the full submission.


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