Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC, was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to a devoutly Roman Catholic working-class family. Her parents were both Labour Party activists; her father was a printer with the Daily Record and a trade union leader. She attended Holyrood Secondary School in Glasgow, and studied law at London's Council of Legal Education. A human rights and civil liberties campaigner, she was an Investigating Commissioner for the EHRC's Human Rights Inquiry into Human Trafficking in Scotland; a commissioner on the National Commission for Education; and a chair of the Human Genetics Commission. She founded her own charity, The Helena Kennedy Foundation, for disadvantaged students. She's married to Iain Hutchison, a surgeon, and has three children. She has written and broadcast on a wide range of issues, from medical negligence to terrorism to the rights of women and children. Her books include Eve Was Framed: Women and British Justice (1993) and Just Law: The Changing Face of Justice and Why It Matters to Us (2004). She was made a life peer as Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws in 1997.