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Annual Bingham Lecture

The Bingham Lecture is named for former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Bingham of Cornhill. The lecture is convened by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and, in keeping with the Centre's mission and the ideas so eloquently expounded by Tom Bingham not only in his judgments and speeches but in his book, The Rule of Law (2010), invited speakers are asked to focus on a rule of law issue. The inaugural lecture was held in 2013.

2017 Bingham Lecture:
'A Judge's View on the Rule of Law'

The lecture was given by The Rt. Hon. Lord Judge PC, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.

The Rt. Hon. Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias GNZM PC QC, Chief Justice of New Zealand, responded.

The lecture was chaired by The Rt. Hon. Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers KG PC QC, President of The British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

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Lord Judge's lecture

Dame Sian Elias's response

The Bingham Centre is grateful to Linklaters for their generous sponsorship of the 2017 Annual Lecture.

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Past Bingham Lectures

2016 Bingham Lecture:
'Spreading the Rule of law: Mission Impossible?

A conversation, chaired by Lord Neuberger (President, Supreme Court of the UK), with addresses by:

  • Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC, Founding Director, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law
  • Christopher Stone, President, The Open Society Foundations
  • Justice Angelika Nußberger, European Court of Human Rights

Read / download: 2016 Bingham Lecture - Jowell, Stone and Nußberger

The Bingham Centre is grateful to Fountain Court Chambers for their generous sponsorship of the 2016 Annual Lecture.

2014 Bingham Lecture:
'Wearing the Mourning Robes of our Illusions: Justice in a Spin'

The second Annual Bingham Lecture was delivered by Sir Alan Moses on 19 November 2014 at Gray's Inn. In Sir Alan's lecture, 'Wearing the Mourning Robes of our Illusions: Justice in a Spin', he advocates for greater engagement with the media by the judiciary through the establishment of 'press judges'.

Read / download: 2014 Bingham Lecture - Sir Alan Moses

The Bingham Centre is grateful to Fountain Court Chambers for their generous sponsorship of the 2014 Annual Lecture.

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2013 Bingham Lecture:
'Twenty-First Century Problems - Twentieth-Century Law'

The inaugural Annual Lecture was held at Lincoln's Inn on 9 May 2013.

Educated at Harvard and Oxford, Professor Harold Koh has taught at Yale University since 1985. He was Dean of the Law School there from 2004 to 2009 and is presently the Sterling Professor of International Law. His extensive human rights legal work across his career has been internationally recognised. He has served in two US government administrations. From 1998-2001 he served as US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. From 2009-2012 he was Legal Adviser to the US Department of State.

Addressing an invited audience of around 200 people, Professor Koh examined a number of difficult and contentious contemporary legal issues that are being faced by the courts and by states. He drew especially on his recent experience as Legal Adviser to the State Department and the matters he encountered in that role. Taking questions from the audience, he reflected on the need for process and transparency in the US approach to (among other things) drone strikes.

The Bingham Centre is grateful to Fountain Court Chambers for their generous sponsorship of the 2013 Annual Lecture.