Liberty is both a non-profit company that employs staff and runs campaigns, and a democratically-run membership association.

We also work closely with a charity called the Civil Liberties Trust.


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Membership requirements and deadlines

Membership requirements and deadlines are enforced strictly by Liberty’s Executive Committee. It is the responsibility of candidates, those proposing and seconding candidates and those proposing, seconding or amending motions and constitutional amendments to ensure their membership is up to date and all information has been submitted by the deadlines specified.

To check your membership status, call the office on 020 7378 3663 or email


Election of members to Liberty’s Council 2018

Liberty’s Council meets three times per year and is responsible for policy-setting between Annual General Meetings.

The Council is made up of 30 Liberty members. Each year, 15 members are elected to serve for two years. New Council members take office immediately following the AGM. 

The deadline for nominating members to stand for election to the Council is 5.00 pm, Wednesday 7 March 2018.

Nominees for Council must be Liberty members for at least two months prior to accepting nomination. Anyone wishing to stand in 2018 must have joined by 6 January 2018.

Ballot packs, including biographical information about the candidates will be distributed to all members by April. Members will have until noon, Wednesday 9 May 2018 to submit ballot papers.

Nomination Form for Election to Council of Liberty.


Members’ Conference and Annual General Meeting 2018

The Members’ Conference and Annual General Meeting will be held in London. Join us on Saturday 19 May 2018 at Woburn House Conference Centre for a day of debate, discussion and decision-making.  

Members may submit motions for debate or constitutional amendment at the Members’ Conference & AGM. The deadline for submitting motions is 5.00pm, Wednesday 7 March 2018.

Motions may be submitted by email or by using this form:

Form for submission of motions and constitutional amendments for debate at the Liberty AGM 2018.

Motions must be proposed and seconded by paid up members of Liberty. Motions submitted by affiliate organisations do not require a seconder.

Valid motions will be circulated to all members and affiliates by April. Any amendments to motions must be submitted by 5.00pm, Wednesday 18 April 2018.

Amendments may be submitted by email or on the approved form which will be placed on Liberty’s website in March. Amendments do not require a seconder.


Liberty office

Liberty employs staff and benefits from the support and dedication of our committed volunteers.

The work of the office is split into five broad areas:

  • Advocacy and Legal
  • Communications
  • Advice and Information
  • Development
  • Operations 

Each team contributes to Liberty’s campaigning objectives.

Find out more about Liberty's team.

Find out more about our work.


Policy Council

Liberty’s Policy Council meets three times per year and is responsible for policy-setting between Annual General Meetings.

The Council is made up of 30 Liberty members. Each year, 15 members are elected to serve for two years. New Council members take office immediately following the AGM.

See a list of Liberty's current Council Members (PDF).

Liberty Council meeting summaries


Liberty Executive Committee

From its members, the Council elects an Executive Committee, which meets at least eight times a year. It is responsible for the strategic direction, financial and other governance of Liberty. In addition, the Executive Committee appoints a Treasurer each year at their first meeting following Liberty’s Annual General Meeting.

See a list of Liberty's current Executive Committee (PDF).


Previous AGM resolutions and Council elections

Members may submit motions for debate or constitutional amendment at the Members’ Conference & AGM. 

Resolution of the AGM

Liberty Constitution, amended 2007 (PDF)


The Civil Liberties Trust

Liberty works closely with the Civil Liberties Trust (CLT), a registered charity. The CLT has no staff, but commissions Liberty to conduct charitable work such as providing public advice and information.

It is important that the CLT exists as the division between the two organisations enables us to pursue all the work necessary to protect and promote civil liberties and human rights, including, crucially, our political campaigning.

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Volunteering & Work Experience

Liberty is one of the leading human rights organisations in the UK, campaigning to protect civil liberties and promote human rights for everyone.

We rely on the support of motivated and enthusiastic volunteers who are interested in the issues that Liberty tackles and keen to gain valuable experience working for an organisation with our reputation for campaigning impact.



What can you do as a Liberty volunteer?

There are two main types of volunteering role available:

  • Administrative support – you could be helping with the day-to-day work of our operations, membership, campaigns and/or media teams.
  • Advice and Information – you need a law degree for this one, but anyone legally qualified can apply. You would be helping us respond to written queries from the public about their rights.

Basic information

All volunteering roles are based in our office in London, and we generally look for a commitment of at least one day a week for a minimum of four months.

We will cover travel costs to and from the office (within London travel zones 1 - 6) and a daily lunch allowance up to a maximum of £5. All volunteer roles are unpaid.

We welcome volunteers from outside London, but we can't help with travel arrangements, work permits or accommodation

How to get involved

We only accept applications for specific vacancies, so we're unable to consider speculative work enquiries or CVs.

Unfortunately we don’t have enough space to take on everyone who would like to volunteer, so there is competition for places. We ask everyone to complete an application form, provide a reference and attend a short interview.

Liberty encourages applications from all sections of the community, from all ages and backgrounds. We do our best to treat everyone equally.

Matt, Liberty Admin Support Volunteer

Working as a volunteer at Liberty for 3 months has been a brilliant experience. Not only has it been amazing working with such talented professionals, but the inclusive, friendly environment immediately made me feel welcome and part of the team.

It has also been incredibly interesting learning how NGO's such as Liberty function and organise behind the scenes."

Matt, Admin Suport Volunteer, June 2017




Roopen, Liberty Advice and Information Volunteer

From my very first day I was exposed to a range of important issues and I was able to get stuck in straight away with providing advice. As a result I felt that my time here was valuable, both in what I learnt but also in the contribution I was able to make.

This is a great opportunity to expand your legal knowledge and awareness, whilst also learning more about the complex and vital work that Liberty carries out. It is a great atmosphere to work in, with many inspiring characters dedicated to ensuring that peoples’ rights and freedoms are protected.

I would not only recommend volunteering to anyone interested in protecting civil liberties and promoting human rights, but also to those looking for a way to contribute to help make a kinder society."

Roopen, Advice and Information Volunteer, July 2017


Current opportunities

We currently have no volunteering vacancies.


Work Experience

Liberty has a structured work experience programme in place for students aged 16-18 who are in or have recently completed full-time education. Successful applicants will gain some experience with each of the teams within Liberty (this includes the Legal, Policy and Press teams), leaving with a greater understanding of how a human rights NGO operates, and the different roles within one.

Current opportunities

We currently have no work experience vacancies.

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Roopen, Liberty Advice and Information Volunteer

Legal work

Ever since we were founded in 1934 Liberty (or the National Council for Civil Liberties as it then was) has provided legal advice and supported key cases.

We are one of the only UK campaigning organisations that pursue our objectives not only through lobbying but also by taking on legal cases.


The cases we take on are ones that we believe will be test cases – cases that will set a useful precedent that others can follow. We bring cases before the courts in this country, and also before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Have a look at our page of key Liberty legal cases to find out more.


As well as acting as solicitors for people bringing (or sometimes defending) a case in the courts, we sometimes intervene in cases where we act for neither party. As third-party interveners we submit expert evidence to the court in our own name to assist it in deciding on a case. Interventions are an increasingly important route by which we can seek to influence the development of the law. You can search Liberty interventions from 2001 onwards.


Liberty receives far more requests for legal representation than we could ever act on, and the number of cases that we can take on is severely limited. Where we cannot act on a request for legal assistance and the enquiry touches on an area of law that is of concern to us or in which we have some expertise, we will provide advice and, where appropriate, suggestions as to where the person requesting our help can turn to for assistance.

For more information about our advice services please visit our Get Advice page.


Annual Review

A year in the life of Liberty

Liberty and the Civil Liberties Trust publish a joint Annual Review every year.

This includes highlights from Liberty campaigns, lobbying, legal cases, advice services and media coverage. It also includes information about finance and governance for both organisations. Find out more about the relationship between the two organisations.

PDF copies are available to download using the links below, but if you would like a printed copy of our latest Annual Review please contact us and we’ll send you one. 

Key business leader generously supports human rights group Liberty 

23 January 2007

Leading businessman and respected entrepreneur Karl E. Watkin MBE has today made a donation to the human rights group Liberty. Mr. Watkin’s support comes after he campaigned with Liberty against the unfair extradition of British citizens to face criminal charges abroad.

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Vivienne Westwood joins campaign against anti-terror laws

21 September 2005

On Wednesday 28th September the leading fashion designer and cultural icon Vivienne Westwood will be unveiling a new collection of t-shirts at the offices of one of London’s leading law chambers.

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