On 22 June the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, gave the keynote lecture at a conference to celebrate the publication of The Politics of Judicial Independence in the UK’s Changing Constitution, a book co-authored by Graham Gee, a Senior Lecturer at the Law School.
Lord Thomas described the book as “a detailed and insightful examination” of judicial independence and judicial accountability that makes “a very important contribution” to contemporary debates about the running of the judiciary in the context of the UK’s evolving constitution.The book was the primary output of a three-year AHRC-funded project.
The half-day conference was held at the Institute of Government in London, with other speakers including Baroness Hale, Lord Justice Leveson, Lord Justice Beatson, Sir Terence Etherton, Catherine Lee (Director General, Ministry of Justice), Dominic Grieve MP (former Attorney General), Nick Walker (Clerk to the House of Commons Justice Committee) and Joshua Rozenberg (one of the country’s leading legal journalists). Graham also spoke at the conference on relations between the executive and senior judges following the changes instituted by the Constitutional Reform Act.
Top: Lord Thomas, LCJ
Lower (L-R): Catherine Lee, Director General, Ministry of Justice; Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen's Bench Division; Professor Robert Hazell, UCL ; Graeme Gee, Birmingham Law School.