Art for Amnesty ‘shocked’ by charity’s legal actions over name

Events company is also being taken to court by the international human rights organisation over the 'transparency and accountability’ of fundraising projects

Bill Shipsey, founder of Art for Amnesty: there has been tension between Art for Amnesty and Amnesty’s International Secretariat for a number of years. Picture: Pere Virgili

A retired Irish barrister has said he is “bewildered” as to why he was joined in litigation concerning a trademark claim from Amnesty International.

Bill Shipsey, founder of Art for Amnesty CLG, a global artist engagement and fundraising company, said there was “no prior intimation” of a claim against him personally “in any form or at any time”.

As reported by the Business Post, Amnesty International filed a High Court lawsuit last week against Shipsey ...