Lecture, Barnard's Inn Hall, Thursday, 1 Dec 2022 - 18:00

Do We Need Judges?

a group of judges walking

What is the role of the judiciary in England and Wales, how did it develop, and how does it compare with other countries?

This lecture will examine how judges are appointed, whose interests they serve, and who they are accountable to. It will examine the relationship between an independent judiciary and the rule of law, and what ideological assumptions underpin the judicial function in modern liberal democracies. Do our judges have the training, understanding and skills to perform their roles?

Professor Leslie Thomas QC

Professor Leslie Thomas KC

Professor of Law

Professor Leslie Thomas KC was appointed Gresham Professor of Law in 2020 and is one of the top rated silks in the country, ranked leading individual by both Chambers and the Legal 500 (2022). He was made a QC in 2014.

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