Work on death-row cases gives Starmer human rights award

Barrister Keir Starmer won the human rights lawyer of the year award at this week's ceremony organised by Justice and Liberty, and sponsored by the Gazette.Mr Starmer, of Doughty Street Chambers in London, was nominated for his pro bono work on Caribbean death- row cases, his contribution to Human Rights Act training, and his book on the new law.The Campaign for Freedom of Information won the human rights award - which is for an organisation - for its diligence in campaigning for stronger freedom of information law.

Amjad Malik, a solicitor at Oldham Citizens Advice Bureau, won a new award for a young lawyer's achievement in the field of human rights, recognising his outstanding work for Asian women under threat of deportation following domestic violence.