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The Board of Trustees, members and staff of the British Institute of International and Comparative L

The Board of Trustees, members and staff of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law have learned with great sadness of the death of The Rt Hon Lord Bingham of Cornhill KG. He was the pre-eminent judge of recent generations and a man of outstanding human and professional qualities. Following a brilliant career at the Bar, he had an unprecedented judicial career, being the first judge ever to hold the three top judicial posts of Master of the Rolls, Lord Chief Justice and Senior Law Lord, in which role he was instrumental in the formation of the Supreme Court.

Tom Bingham was the President and Chairman of the Institute and made an invaluable contribution to its work over many years. He was very fully engaged in its activities, and provided wise advice and tireless support. The Institute provides high quality, independent research, events and publications, enabling an informed and practical approach to contemporary international legal issues. It was a natural body for Lord Bingham to lead, as he brought to bear his own strong vision of the rule of law and his interest in engaging with other legal systems.

Indeed, Lord Bingham's judicial and extra-judicial promotion of the rule of law has led to the creation by the Institute in his honour of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law strives to continue the mission set out by Lord Bingham by focusing on understanding and developing the rule of law, considering the challenges which it faces, providing an intellectual framework within which it can operate optimally and practically, and creating the legal and policy tools to support it. It will be the foremost institution of its kind specifically devoted to this important global issue and funding for the Centre continues to be sought to enable it to continue in its mission (

The Trustees, members and staff express their deepest sympathy to Lady Bingham and the rest of his family for their great loss. The passing of this exceptional man will also be mourned by innumerable members of the legal community, both in Britain and in the wider world. He will be remembered for his outstanding career, his brilliant mind and his impeccable judgment as well as for his vast reserves of energy, his humility and his warmth towards others. We will miss him greatly.

Click here to find further information on the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

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