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Seven eminent figures will be awarded honorary degrees from Oxford University this summer, subject to approval by Congregation. Two of the honorands, Bryan A Stevenson and the Rt Hon Baroness Shirley Williams, will become Doctors of Civil Law.

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The degrees will be awarded at Encaenia, the University's annual honorary degree ceremony, on 21st June 2017. The two Doctors of Civil Law, honoris causa, will be:

Bryan A Stevenson, a lawyer and social justice activist who has campaigned for fair treatment of children and minorities in the US criminal justice system. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, which provides legal representation to those who may have been denied a fair trial. He has been awarded the Olaf Palme Prize for international human rights, the Gruber Justice Prize and the Four Freedoms Award.

Shirley Williams, Rt Hon Baroness Williams of Crosby CH PC, who has had a distinguished career in both politics and academia. Elected as a Labour MP in 1964, she held a number of ministerial, shadow cabinet and cabinet roles, serving as Secretary of State for Education and Science in the Callaghan government. In 1981 she was one of the so-called Gang of Four who broke from Labour to form the Social Democratic Party; she went on to lead the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. She has also been Professor of Elective Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and is an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College, where she read PPE.

Click here to read the full list of honorands in all subjects on the University of Oxford website.

Story courtesy of the University of Oxford News Office.