Dr Lorraine Buckberry: Protecting the Human Rights of those without a voice

  • Depressed and lonely girl sitting on a chair against wall with copy space

The Glanville Lecture 2022 will explore our human rights, and in particular, how we protect the human rights of others who cannot, for a variety of reasons, protect themselves. On 10 December 1948 (a date that is now commemorated annually as Human Rights Day), the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world

Source: United Nations

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Protecting the Human Rights of those without a voice: mental capacity from Bournewood to Covid 19

In this year's Annual Glanville Lecture, Dr Lorraine Buckberry – a Senior Solicitor in the Adult Social Care Team at Leicestershire County Council – will talk about her work around safeguarding, welfare and deprivation of liberty.

"I always considered myself a career biochemist, and science was my vocation – you could say my identity.  I became an accidental lawyer, and it has been an honour and a privilege to help protect the rights of the most vulnerable in our society…. And I wouldn’t do anything else". Dr Lorraine Buckberry

  • Wednesday 18 May 2022
  • 1-2pm Glanville Lunch
  • 2-3pm Glanville Lecture
  • Stephen Langton Lecture Theatre and Foyer
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Senior Solicitor, Adult Social Care Team, Leicestershire County Council

Dr Lorraine Buckberry

Senior Solicitor, Adult Social Care Team, Leicestershire County Council

Lorraine obtained a degree in Applied Science from Sheffield Polytechnic in 1987 and a PhD Pharmaceutical Biochemistry from University of Nottingham in 1990.  IN 1992, following post-doctoral research into the xenobiotic metabolism of chlorinated hydrocarbons funded by the Health and Safety Executive, she took up a lectureship in Biological Chemistry at De Montfort University.  During her time as an academic she published a number of papers, chapters in edited works and a text book.  In 2001 she moved into industry.  She completed the Law conversion course in 2007 with a view to complementing her expertise in biotechnology with patent and contract law.  On discovering the law, however, and completing an internship at a high street legal aid firm, she developed a passion for the law related to social issue and human rights. Initially practicing representing  individuals in housing, education and anti-social behaviour cases, she became aware that many of the defendants had either chronic mental health issues or learning disabilities.  She found the emphasis of her work shifting towards mental health, mental capacity and social care.  She has worked for 9 years in local authorities supporting social workers to safeguard children and adults.  She is now a solicitor for Leicestershire County Council representing the local authority in the court of protection in safeguarding, welfare and deprivation of liberty proceedings. 

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