Baroness Helena Kennedy of the Shaws QC, FRSA has been made an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy.

Helena Kennedy is Principal of Mansfield College and is one of Britain's most distinguished lawyers and active public figures. She has spent her professional life giving voice to those who have least power within the system, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights.

The British Academy, established by Royal Charter in 1902, promotes and supports the humanities and social sciences. It aims to inspire, recognise and support excellence and high achievement across the UK and internationally. 42 new Fellows were elected at the Annual General Meeting on 18 July,  including Oxford's Professor John Gardner[linkme]. Baroness Kennedy is one of two new Honorary Fellows elected this year, alongside Mr Robert B Silvers, Editor of The New York Review of Books.