Lord Lester of Herne Hill

Anthony Lester

Anthony Lester


Liberal Democrat

Address as

Lord Lester

Contact details


House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
Tel: 020 7219 2999


Lords career

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for: Discrimination Law Reform 2008-09, Women and Equality 2009-10

Party groups

Founder member, Social Democrat Party 1981; President, Liberal Democrat Lawyers' Association

Councils, public bodies

Governor, British Institute of Human Rights; Member, Council of Justice 1977-; President, Interights (International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights) 1991-; European Roma Rights Centre: Executive Committee, Co-chair 1998-2001; Member, board of directors, Salzburg Seminar 1996-2000; Governor, Westminster School 1998-2001; Chair, Equal Rights Trust 2006-07; Vice-president, English PEN 2010; Commissioner, Bill of Rights Commission 2011-

International bodies

Board member, Open Society Institute Justice Initiative 2000-

Political interests

Human rights, constitutional reform, law reform, equality and non-discrimination, media, European political integration

Countries of interest

India, Ireland, South Africa, USA

Name, style and title

Raised to the peerage as Baron Lester of Herne Hill, of Herne Hill in the London Borough of Southwark 1993

Register of Interests

2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

Commissioner, Bill of Rights Commission

Self-employed practising member of the English Bar, specialising in constitutional and administrative law, employment, media, commercial and European law

Co-editor (and contributor), Butterworths Human Rights Law and Practice

4: Shareholdings (b)

Investor AB (Swedish registered investment and holding company)

Jardine Strategic Holdings Limited (Singapore listed holding company)

5: Land and property

Shop in Somerset owned jointly with wife

6: Sponsorship

Secretarial research and assistance, and office accommodation, is provided through Odysseus Trust Limited and funded by Sigrid Rausing Trust and Foundation Open Society Institute

10: Non-financial interests (a)

Director, Odysseus Trust Ltd (not-for-profit company that conducts research into human rights and constitutional matters and advises on an all-party basis)

10: Non-financial interests (b)

Member, Advisory Board and Executive Council, Centre for European Law, King's College, London

Member, Advisory Board, Institute of European Public Law, University of Hull

Member, Advisory Panel, Centre for Public Law, Cambridge

Member, Advisory Board, Institute of European Public Law

10: Non-financial interests (c)

Trustee, Miriam Rothschild and John Galway Foster Human Rights Trust

10: Non-financial interests (d)

Member, Board of Advisers of Freedom Now

10: Non-financial interests (e)

Member, International Editorial Board, International Journal of Discrimination and the Law

Governor, British Institute for Human Rights

Hon President and Board Member, INTERIGHTS (International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights)

Joint President, United Nations Association Westminster Branch

Member, Advisory Board, Irish Yearbook of International Law

Member, Editorial Committee, "Public Law"

Member, Expert Counsel Panel, Liberty

Member of Council, JUSTICE

Member, Executive Board, Open Society Institute Justice Initiative

President, Human Rights Lawyers' Association

Vice President, English PEN