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Speaker profile

Nazir Afzal

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Nazir Afzal was the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England and was labeled “the authentic voice of British justice” by the New York Times.

During his 24-year career, Nazir has prosecuted some of the most high profile cases in the country and advised on many others. Nazir has campaigned tirelessly on a range of issues including violence against women and girls, child sexual abuse, and honour-based violence. He’s advised UK government ministers and has trained lawyers and judges from all over the world. His prosecutions of the Rochdale grooming gang, BBC presenter Stuart Hall and hundreds of others were groundbreaking, and drove the work that has changed the landscape of child protection, particularly for girls.

He now gives an expert perspective on all justice issues including radicalisation. He’s a renowned inspirational & motivational public speaker, conference chair & and an internationally-recognised trainer. He hosts awards ceremonies and delivers after-dinner speeches to audiences of hundreds.

Nazir is a tutor for several leadership programmes in the public and private sector and has made presentations to dozens of diverse organisations in this country and abroad. He’s on the European Union and Council of Europe list of expert speakers. He’s an outstanding communicator and has given hundreds of interviews across various media platforms.

Nazir is a legal advisor to the BBC EastEnders series, a regular contributor to BBC, ITV and Sky TV news and current affairs programmes. He sits as a Trustee of several NGOs including Roshni in Scotland, Halo in England and is the former Chair of the Prince of Wales’ Mosaic Trust. He’s the Pro Chancellor of Brunel University, an Honorary Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by the University of Birmingham. He also works with the UN Human Rights Council and writes regularly for national newspapers.


‘An inspiring figure, forensically intelligent’

Times EditorialNovember 2012

‘Until recently crimes encountered by pioneering prosecutor rarely troubled a courtroom, now these issues have risen to the top of the Policy agenda’

The Independent, July 2012