Rt Hon Jack Straw MP to give annual Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Hamlyn Lecture on judicial appointments

Tuesday 20 November 2012

The Rt Hon Jack Straw MP will give his third and final 2012 Hamlyn lecture, on the topic of judicial appointments, on 4 December 2012.

Organised by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies – a member institute of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study – the lecture is part of the prestigious Hamlyn Lectures series. Normally held each autumn, the series aims to further knowledge and understanding of the law through the delivery of three public and free-to-attend lectures by a single invited speaker.

Sir Stephen Sedley, a former judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales from 1999 to 2011, will chair the lecture.

Professor Avrom Sherr, Chair of the Hamlyn Trustees, said: “The Hamlyn Trust owes its existence to Miss Emma Warburton Hamlyn of Torquay who died in 1941 at the age of 80. Ms Hamlyn generously bequeathed the legacy of her estate to a trust out of which the Hamlyn Lectures have been funded for the last sixty three years. The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies has had a long involvement with the Hamlyn Lectures, dating back to 1958 when Sir David Hughes Parry, the Institute's first Director, gave the lectures on ‘The Sanctity of Contracts in English Law’. This was followed shortly thereafter in 1963 by the Institute's Director becoming  a permanent member of the Board of Trustees, from which time successive Directors have been on the Board, frequently holding the chair and administering the Hamlyn Trust.”

“The Institute is delighted to have had this long and close relationship with the Hamlyn Trust and its Lectures, which are considered by many to be the UK's premier legal lectures and which fit so well with the Institute's own role as a national resource and its mission to disseminate legal research.  This year the Institute is honoured to have the Rt Hon Jack Straw, the only politician in recent time to hold the positions of Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary and Lord Chancellor, speaking on the appointment of judges”.

Previous Hamlyn Lecture series speakers include distinguished judges, legal practitioners and eminent academic lawyers. The Rt Hon Jack Straw MP began the 2012 series at the University of Leeds, where he spoke about the future of criminal courts at the School of Law on 6 November. In his second lecture, at the University of Exeter on 13 November, he discussed the Human Rights Act.

The final Hamlyn lecture of 2012 will be held on 4 December at 6.00pm at the Inner Temple Hall, The Inner Temple, London EC4Y 7HL. The event is free and all are welcome to attend. Media interested in attending should contact Belinda Crothers at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at IALS.Events@sas.ac.uk.

Notes for Editors:

1. For further information please contact Dee Burn at the School of Advanced Study, University of London at dee.burn@sas.ac.uk / 020 7862 8670.

2. The Hamlyn Trust was created in 1948, by Miss Emma Hamlyn in memory of her father, a solicitor and Justice of the Peace in Torquay, Devon. The object of the Trust is to further knowledge and understanding of the law; this is achieved through an annual series of public lectures by distinguished judges, legal practitioners, academic lawyers and other eminent speakers. The trust is administered from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, a member institute of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. www.law.ex.ac.uk/hamlyn

3. The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) was founded in 1947 as a national academic institution serving all universities through its national legal research library. Its function is to promote, facilitate and disseminate the results of advanced study and research in the discipline of law, for the benefit of persons and institutions in the UK and abroad. Its areas of speciality include arbitration and dispute settlement, company law, comparative law, economic crime, financial services law and legislative studies and law reform, and the legal profession and delivery of legal services. The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is a member institute of the School of Advanced Study, University of London.www.ials.sas.ac.uk