British barrister and the first black woman to be appointed a Queen’s Counsel and former member of the Commission for Racial Equality, Patricia Scotland, will visit South Africa in the first week in March 2014. She will be presenting a public lecture on Development in the United Kingdom around racial and gender equality, at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Tuesday, 04 March, 2014.
Hosted by the University’s Faculty of Law, in partnership with the University’s Library and Information Centre, Baroness Scotland will give insight into racial and gender equality in the United Kingdom. The hour long lecture, to be held at the Library Auditorium (6th Floor) Auckland Park, Kingsway Campus, is scheduled to start from 15:00 to 16:00.
Baroness Patricia Scotland was born in the Commonwealth of Dominica and made history in 1991 by becoming the first black woman to be appointed a Queen’s Counsel and was a member of the Commission for Racial Equality. She was the Minister responsible for civil justice and the reform of civil law. In 2003, Baroness Scotland was appointed as Minister of State for the Criminal Justice system and Law Reform at the Home Office and deputy to the Home Secretary. She was the Chief legal adviser to Her Majesty the Queen, Parliament and the Government. In November 2012, she was appointed Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to South Africa. She is currently a president of Chatham House.