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4 November, 2005

Cherie Booth to speak at inaugural Hooper Lecture

In her capacity as a Trustee of the Citizenship Foundation, Cherie Booth QC will give the first in a series of annual lectures in honour of Lord Justice Hooper.

The Hooper Lecture, which will take place at 6pm on 17th November 2005, will address the importance of human rights in contemporary society and will encourage informed debate about the topic.

As the leading charity in the field of law-related education, the Citizenship Foundation is hosting the annual lecture series to promote legal understanding and awareness.

The Citizenship Foundation launched the Hooper Lectures at an impressive reception last year, which celebrated the enormous contribution Lord Justice Hooper has made to public understanding of citizenship education.

As a founding trustee of the Citizenship Foundation, Lord Hooper has played a key role in the campaign to introduce Citizenship to the National Curriculum and is also the originator of the Bar Mock Trial Competition. The competition, which is now in its 15th year, provides school pupils with a hands-on introduction to the legal system in real courts across the UK.

‘The Citizenship Foundation’s innovative approach to law-related education is of great importance to young people’s development in today’s society', said Cherie Booth QC. 'I am therefore delighted to be giving the first Hooper Lecture on behalf of the Foundation.’

The lecture is free, but attenders are encouraged to make a donation of £25.

If you are interested in attending or making a donation to the Hooper Fund, please contact Citizenship Foundation on 020 7566 4149 or email info@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk.

To find out more please email:

Notes for editors:

Contact Sarah Fenlon or Rachael Takens-Milne

Sarah.fenlon@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

Tel: 020 7566 4149/4145 or mobile 07813 035788

The Citizenship Foundation is an independent charity (no. 801360) which aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law, democracy and society. Founded in 1989, we focus particularly on developing young people’s citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding. www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

Our work includes:

- A comprehensive range of citizenship resources for a wide audience from teachers to young offenders.

- Nationwide and international training programmes.

- National active learning projects for secondary schools.

- Community projects to develop citizenship education as a collective responsibility.

- Research to advance our understanding of best practice in citizenship education.

The wine at the reception is generously provided by our partners, Domaine Labry, winemakers from Burgundy. E-mail: domaine-labry@wanadoo.fr

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