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Cherie receives the Trinity Justitia Omnibus Award

"As human rights lawyers, we are frequently presented with tough questions and we should not shirk from engaging with them nor should we fear the political debate or even condemnation such engagement may bring."

Earlier this week Cherie was presented the Trinity Justitia Omnibus Award by its founder, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson when she visited the Dublin University Law Society at Trinity College, Dublin.

The Trinity Law Society Omnibus Award was created in order to recognise work in human rights by individuals working in the legal and political world, and will be presented to those who have dedicated their legal knowledge and experience to the cause.

During her visit Cherie met with students of Trinity College which focuses on encouraging them in their careers and promoting an awareness of current legal and political issues.

After she was presented the award she gave a speech entitled 'Law as an instrument of social change' in which she discussed her role model Rose Heilbron, the Asian University for Women, the importance of education and human rights:

"As human rights lawyers, we are frequently presented with tough questions and we should not shirk from engaging with them nor should we fear the political debate or even condemnation such engagement may bring. Human rights should - they must - matter to us all. It is imperative that our profession, whether hard headed commercial lawyers, criminal lawyers, domestic or international lawyers in whatever field of law, show leadership in human rights."

Trinity College Dublin website

Blair and Robinson visit DU Law Soc article in The University Times