Where should I start with today’s guest – apart from confessing that he’s a lifelong hero of mine? Clive Stafford Smith is one of the world’s most distinguished Human Rights lawyers and the Founder of ‘Reprieve’ - a UK based legal NGO that defends marginalised people who are facing human rights abuses, often at the hands of powerful governments.
Clive’s dedicated over 25 years working on behalf of defendants facing the death penalty in the US. He only takes on cases of those who can’t afford a lawyer & he’s assisted in the representation of over 400 prisoners and prevented their execution in 98% of cases.
In 2000, Clive was awarded an OBE for ‘humanitarian services’ and has won a raft of awards in the field of human rights that would take an hour alone to read out.
But it’s his own journey to becoming one of the world’s most feted civil libertarians which really has me spellbound.
And please don’t be fooled by his very regal British accent. Whilst, Clive most certainly is an intellectual giant; he’s an intellectual giant with a heart of gold & a wicked sense of humour who believes that human beings – all human beings - deserve humanity and compassion.
Yep … he’s extraordinary. Buckle up dear friends, cos this episode is epic.
BUT BEFORE YOU GO…
Find out more about Clive here: https://reprieve.org/uk/person/clive-stafford-smith/
Clive at TedX Exeter: https://www.tedxexeter.com/speakers/clive-stafford-smith/
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Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi Faraday
With thanks to my special guest: Clive Stafford Smith
Audio Editor: Zoltan Fecso
With very special thanks to George Weinberg.