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Building work is to start within weeks in the grounds of Mansfield College, where the new institute will be located. This joint initiative between the Faculty of Law and the College is led by Mansfield's Principal, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, a barrister well-known for championing civil liberties and human rights.
The new institute will be called the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford, named after the Bonavero family. Yves Bonavero and his wife, Anne, founded the A B Charitable Trust to defend and promote the cause of human dignity. The Trust has provided the Institute with an endowment to fund its Director and core staff.
Yves Bonavero said: 'My family is delighted to support the timely creation of a world-class Institute of Human Rights and cannot think of a better home for it than the internationally-renowned Law Faculty at the University of Oxford. Under its aegis, the new Institute will produce, and deploy in the field, academic research of such calibre that the lives of men, women and children worldwide will be improved.'