Leslie Scarman lectures


Every two years 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 2012

Justice Edwin Cameron, "What you can do with rights"

Justice Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court of South Africa delivered the Leslie Scarman lecture on 25 January 2012.

In his lecture, “What you can do with rights”, Justice Cameron examined South Africa’s experience - over the 18 years since the end of apartheid and the creation of democracy - of constitutionalism and the rule of law, and of rights-talk. He explored the country’s constitutional achievements amid scepticism about rights, and asked: what can law and legal rights do in securing for people the benefits a decent society should promise? 

Previous Scarman lectures

Judicial Stimulation of Legislative Change: A View from the United States
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
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
Inaugural Leslie Scarman lecture, delivered on 20 February 2006 by the Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG.

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