Director of Public Prosecutions to Deliver Worcester Lecture

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The Head of the Crown Prosecution Service is to deliver the third annual Worcester Lecture later this month.

Keir Starmer QC, who is also Director of the Public Prosecution Service, will talk about ‘Law and the Media’ at the event, to be held at Worcester Cathedral on Thursday, June 21st at 6pm.

It comes in the light of the Leveson Inquiry into press standards, to which Mr Starmer has given evidence.

The Worcester Lectures, hosted by the University of Worcester and Worcester Cathedral, foster a spirit of enquiry in the important area of morality in public life. They are an annual contribution to the rich cultural heritage of Worcester, celebrating and further strengthening the links between the two institutions.

This year’s lecture takes its theme from work undertaken by the University’s Centre for Ethical Leadership. The Centre works with leaders at different levels and sectors to help them think about decision making within an ethical framework. This encourages reflection on decisions which acknowledge and respect contested values in areas such as the environment, social justice and governance.

Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor of the University of Worcester, said: “Media, the Law and Ethics have been at the very centre of public discussion in recent months. The University founded Britain’s first Centre for Ethical Leadership some two years ago to further public discussion and debate about precisely such questions. The need for effective and ethical leadership is increasingly clear to all. I am sure this lecture will be of both great public and media interest and will help us grapple with the vitally important ethical questions which are at the heart of so many national decisions and institutional actions.”

Dean of Worcester Cathedral, The Very Reverend Peter Atkinson, added: “I am very glad that once again Worcester Cathedral is hosting the annual Worcester Lecture in partnership with the University. The theme is one which engages us all at the moment, and there is no one who could give a more thought-provoking reflection on it than the Director of Public Prosecutions.”

Keir Starmer QC was called to the Bar in 1987 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002. In 2005 he won the Bar Council’s Sydney Elland Goldsmith award for his outstanding contribution to pro bono work in challenging the death penalty throughout the Caribbean and in Uganda, Kenya and Malawi. He was appointed Head of Doughty Street Chambers in 2007. In the same year he was named QC of the Year in the field of human rights and public law.

From 2003-2008 Keir was human rights advisor to the Policing Board in Northern Ireland, working to ensure that the Police Service fully complied with its obligations under the Human Rights Act 1998. He was appointed as Director of Public Prosecutions and Head of the Crown Prosecution Service in 2008.