Social Justice Lecture
Law Centre (NI) invites you to a Social Justice Lecture: Law as a Tool for Social Change, 26 September, 4.30 to 6pm, Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast. Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan will introduce a keynote lecture by Martyn Day.
Martyn Day is the Senior Partner of Leigh Day, a firm of solicitors based in the City of London. With 30 partners and some 250 staff, the firm specialises in representing individuals both in the UK and abroad. Martyn is head of the International claims team which brings legal actions on behalf of people, primarily in the developing world, against multi-national corporations as well as the British government.
Recent cases have included the high profile case for Kenyans against British government actions during the Mau Mau uprising in the 1950s; successful claims on behalf of 30,000 Ivorians against Trafigura Limited following the dumping of toxic waste in the Ivory Coast; successfully representing the family of Baha Mousa, an Iraqi tortured and murdered by British soldiers, as well as hundreds of other Iraqis; and suing Shell on behalf of some 15,000 Nigerians following two very large oil spills in 2008. Martyn was a former Chair of Greenpeace in the UK and Chem Trust, and is now a Trustee of The Greenpeace Environmental Trust. He is an Executive Committee Member of the Society of Labour Lawyers and a fellow of Association of Personal Injuries Lawyers.
Martyn is co-author of the personal injury handbook, 'Toxic Torts', 'Multi-party Actions' and 'Environmental Action: a Citizens Guide'. In 2004 he co-authored a report, 'Environmental Justice' with the World Wildlife Fund and the Environmental Law Foundation. He regularly writes and speaks around the world on environmental and justice issues to try and encourage a greater use of the law to hold multi-nationals to account.
The lecture will be followed by a reception.