Adam Wagner awarded Honorary Doctorate as human rights leader by the University of Law

Adam Wagner has been conferred with the prestigious award  of an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Law (ULaw) in recognition of his commitment to human rights and the rule of law.

Adam has appeared in some of the leading human rights cases and public inquiries of recent years. During the Covid-19 pandemic, he acted in numerous ground-breaking cases, involving the right to protest, hotel quarantine and the police investigation of lockdown parties in Downing Street. He was the Specialist Advisor to Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights.

Adam is a leading Public Advocate for human rights and the rule of law. He regularly writes and comments in the media and has pioneered a number of human rights public education initiatives, including the UK Human Rights Blog and the award-winning charity, Each Other. Earlier this year, Adam won the LexisNexis Halsbury’s Rule of Law award.

Speaking on his recognition from ULaw, Adam said: 

“It is a huge privilege to be given this award. Lawyers play an important role in society and at the heart of the legal community is legal education. The University of Law has long trained future generations of lawyers and I am honoured to be invited to become part of its community.”

Also receiving the award, were human rights consultant solicitor, Frances Swaine of Leigh Day & Co, and Emeritus Professor in criminology, David Wilson. 

Professor Andrea Nollent, Vice Chancellor and CEO at ULaw, said: 

“It is our great pleasure to be able to recognise such strong voices in their respective fields during our graduation ceremonies. The topics of human rights, crime and the prison system have perhaps never been more important and are crucial talking points in the UK legal system. Each of the recipients of our honorary doctorates have outstanding careers, and will be inspirational for our graduates.”

Adam was awarded the honorary doctorate by the ULaw Vince Chancellor during ULaw’s graduation ceremonies on 14th May. He spoke to the graduating students about the importance of using their legal training to protect fairness and the rule of law.

Listen to Adam's acceptance speech here

Adam Wagner at the UOL ceremony

(Pictured from left to right: Professor Andrea Nollent, Vice-Chancellor and CEO, The University of Law; Adam Wagner, Doughty Street Chambers; Jacqueline Cheltenham, National Programme Director – BPTC and BPC, Associate Professor, The University of Law)