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CGHR Practitioner Series with Deborah Coles, Executive Director of INQUEST

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Deborah Coles is the executive director of INQUEST , and has worked for the charity since 1989. She leads INQUEST ’s strategic policy, legal and parliamentary work and has considerable expertise in working to prevent death and ill treatment in all forms of detention and for more effective accountable learning. She has been an independent expert advisor to numerous government committees and inquiries, is a regular media commentator, delivers conference papers nationally and internationally and is author of numerous articles and publications. Deborah represents INQUEST as a member of the Ministerial Board on Deaths in Custody and is independently a member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody; she is also on the board of trustees of Clean Break and Women in Prison.

All are welcome to attend. The talk and Q&A will be followed by drinks with the speaker.

About the CGHR Practitioner Series: For those hoping to pursue a career in the ‘Third Sector’, especially amidst a broad range of organisations and agencies whose mandates can be loosely collected under the umbrella headings of ‘Human Rights and Social Justice’, ‘Conflict and Security’ or ‘Development and Humanitarian Aid,’ the terrain can be difficult to navigate. A sound academic training, the kind provided by Cambridge University, is important but certainly not enough to prepare students for the transition into working in this sector. Through a mixture of substantive discussion, personal reflection and practical advice, the CGHR Practitioner Series brings together high‐level experts working in these fields and creates a forum in which students and researchers can listen and ask questions about what this work actually involves, seek out reflections from experience on the dilemmas and challenges faced, and probe the skill set and experience needed to forge a career in these fields.

This talk is part of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights Events series.

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