Leslie Scarman lectures


Every two years or so the Commission hosts the Leslie Scarman lecture, in honour of Lord Scarman, the first Chairman of the Law Commission. The lecture is attended by members of the senior judiciary, lawyers, parliamentarians and government officials.

Leslie Scarman lecture 2015

We are delighted that Sir Geoffrey Palmer KCMG AC QC has agreed to deliver the Leslie Scarman lecture in 2015.

Sir Geoffrey, former Prime Minister, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of New Zealand, was President of the Law Commission of New Zealand from 2005 to 2010. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Victoria University of Wellington Law School.

His lecture, "The Law Reform Enterprise: evaluating the past and charting the future", will be given at Middle Temple Hall on Tuesday 24 March at 6.00pm (tickets will be available via this website in autumn 2014).


Previous Scarman lectures

What you can do with Rights (transcript, video)
South Africa’s experience - over the years since the end of apartheid and the creation of democracy - of constitutionalism and the rule of law, and of rights-talk.
25 January 2012, Justice Edwin Cameron, Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa

Judicial Stimulation of Legislative Change: A View from the United States (transcript)
Third Leslie Scarman Lecture, delivered on 11 February 2010 by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Human Rights and the Battle on Terror (transcript)
Second Leslie Scarman lecture, delivered on 13 February 2008 by Professor Aharon Barak, former President of the Supreme Court of Israel.

Law Reform and Human Rights: Scarman’s Great Legacy (transcript)
Inaugural Leslie Scarman lecture, delivered on 20 February 2006 by the Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG.

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