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Matrix Law Pod – What do human rights lawyers across the world enjoy reading?

Each week as part of our Matrix Law Pod series, we have been asking our guests to recommend a book for our listeners to read in lockdown. As you can see below, there is a wide range of genres.

To find out more about our podcast series and to listen to the latest one, please see here. 

Episode 5 – Every breath you take – data tracking in the age of Covid-19

  • Cori Crider,  a US qualified lawyer and the co-founder of Foxglove, recommended ‘If God Is Dead, Your Time Is Everything’ by Martin Hägglund

Episode 4 – Unequal Impact: Race, Gender and Poverty in Times of Crisis

  • Martha Spurrier, a barrister and current Director of the prominent civil liberties organisation, Liberty. recommended Maggie Nelson’s ‘The Argonauts’, a beautiful exploration of motherhood, gender identity and sexuality.
  • Afua Hirsch, a barrister and well known author, journalist and broadcaster, for amongst others the Guardian, LBC and Sky News recommended ‘Minor Feelings’ by Cathy Park Hongan, an essential polemic on being Asian in America, and a beautifully written story about immigration and identity.

Episode 3 -The Sound of Silence: The Vacuum in International Leadership and its Impact on the World’s Poorest

  • Muthoni Wanyeki, the Open Society Foundation’s Africa Director, recommended ‘An Orchestra of Minorities’ by Chigozie Obioma.
  • Colin Gonsalves, one of India’s most prominent human rights lawyers, recommended ‘Siddhartha: An Indian Tale’ by Hermann Hesse.

Episode 2: Power Grabs – Covid Across the Globe

  • Michael Sfard, a leading human rights lawyer in Israel, recommended David Grossman’s  ‘A Horse Walks into a Bar’.
  • Patricia Ho, a prominent human rights lawyer in Hong Kong, has been enjoying reading books with her young children. She recommend ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers.