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LSE academics nominated for 2003 Asian Jewel Awards

Lord Bhikhu Parekh, centennial professor at LSE and Rabinder Singh QC, visiting professor of law at LSE, are among the nominees for the southern region 2003 Asian Jewel Awards.

Lord Bhikhu Parekh has been nominated for the Social and Community Excellence Award. Lord Parekh is a Labour member of the House of Lords, a centennial professor at LSE and professor of political philosophy at the University of Westminster. He was deputy chair of the Commission for Racial Equality for five years and chair of the Runnymede Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, whose report was published in 2000.

Rabinder Singh QC, been nominated for the Legal Excellence Award, is a barrister at Matrix Chambers and visiting professor of law at LSE. Appointed Queen's Council in 2002 at the age of 38 (the youngest Asian to have received the title), he has since become the first Asian to be appointed a deputy High Court judge.  His high profile cases include the CND's challenge to the legality of the war against Iraq.

LSE alumnus Ramesh K Vala OBE has also been nominated for the Legal Excellence Award, being one of only a handful of Asian equity partners in the top 100 UK law firms. He has also been recognised for his work with Macmillan Cancer Relief and Anti-Slavery International.

The awards, which celebrate a half-century of ongoing endeavour and achievement in the UK's Asian communities, will recognise twelve individual 'Asian Jewels' in particular amongst the many nominees from businesses and organisations across the south of Britain. Award winners will be announced on Tuesday 8 July and will be honoured in a ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. 

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For more information, contact Jane Smith on 0161 872 1926 or 07811 981645.

Notes:

Lord Bhikhu Parekh is centennial professor based at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance|

Rabinder Singh is visiting professor based at the Law Department|

23 June 2003

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