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Graham Turnbull human rights essay - 20th anniversary celebration

26 May 2017

Graham Turnbull, a British solicitor, was killed in 1997 whilst serving as a UN Monitor during the genocide in Rwanda. After his death, and in consultation with his family, the Law Society established the Graham Turnbull Memorial Trust, a charity to commemorate Graham’s work and his sacrifice.

Every year since then the Law Society’s Human Rights Committee has run an essay competition on a topical human rights theme for law students, pupils, trainee solicitors and young and newly qualified lawyers from around the globe. The trust has provided the prize money for the winning entry.

On Thursday night, Tony Fisher, chair of the Law Society Human Rights Committee introduced a collection of winning entries in the Graham Turnbull Essay Competition over the last ten years.

The essays are a tribute to Graham and others like him who quietly put themselves at risk to protect the rights of others. We hope you will enjoy re-visiting some of these themes which remain resonant with the current human rights landscape and join us in paying tribute to Graham’s work.

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