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The Right Honourable Jack Straw MP

The 2007 Mackenzie-Stuart Lecture was delivered by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Jack Straw, on Thursday 25 October 2007. He spoke about human rights in the 21st century. His lecture discusses the growth of human rights in the UK, tracing their history back as far as Magna Carta, and defends the provisions of the Human Right Act. Mr Straw considers the balance between humans rights and the obligations of citizens, and announces that the Government will be producing a green paper to consult on proposals to create a new Bill of Rights and Responsibilities to ensure the better understanding of British cultural and societal values.


You can view a gallery of photographs from the event.


Approx. running time: 1 hour 13 minutes


You can download the lecture using the link below:

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Other Resources

Lower bandwidth versions of these video and audio files, and a transcript of this lecture, are available at the University Streaming Media Service.