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The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights

CGI of the Building – Rick Mather ArchitectsHodge Jones & Allen is proud to support the creation of a dedicated Institute for the study of human rights law at the University of Oxford. The Institute opens in October 2017 when its new building has been completed at Mansfield College.

Its purpose will be to foster excellent research and scholarship in human rights law and to improve the understanding of human rights law beyond the academy.

The Institute is named after the Bonavero family. Yves Bonavero and his wife Anne founded the AB Charitable Trust to defend and promote the cause of human dignity. The Trust has provided the Institute with an endowment to fund the Director and core staff.

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC – Principal Mansfield CollegeThis joint initiative between the Faculty of Law and the College at Oxford is led by Mansfield’s Principal, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, a barrister well known for championing civil liberties and human rights.

I want to express my gratitude to you and all at Hodge Jones & Allen for contributing to the Institute of Human Rights, here at Oxford. It is a wonderful project and one I know you will enjoy being associated with. The world needs well-rounded lawyers – you are all examples of that

Responding to Helena’s kind words Patrick Allen, Senior Partner at Hodge Jones & Allen said

I was inspired by the Institute’s plans. The protection and enforcement of human rights has been core to the work of Hodge Jones & Allen throughout our forty years of work. The 1998 Human Rights Act was a major milestone in the development of human rights law in the UK but the very concept of human rights has remarkably come under sustained attack in recent years, fuelled by ill-informed comment in the media and by the government.

Therefore it has never been more important that we protect these hard won rights and we are delighted to be involved with a project that will make a unique contribution to the field by research and education and improving the understanding and value of human rights law for all citizens.