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Constitutional Change: Unfinished Business

Publication date: Sep 30, 2013 11:57 AM

Start: Dec 04, 2013 06:00 PM
End: Dec 04, 2013 07:00 PM

Location: Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, UCL Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.

Judicial Independence Research Project Closing Lecture


Lord Judge (recently retired Lord Chief Justice)

Drinks reception to follow lecture

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Lord Judge will deliver a lecture on the topic of 'Constitutional Change: Unfinished Business'. This is the closing lecture for the AHRC project on The Politics of Judicial Independence in Britain's Changing Constitution. As Lord Chief Justice until the end of September this year, Lord Judge presided over the judiciary during a “constitutional revolution” (his own term) and a period of budgetary austerity. During his tenure the judiciary doubled in size by incorporating the tribunals system and embarked on a new relationship of negotiations with Government on the future direction of the justice system. At the same time the Human Rights Act and the European Convention became more politically controversial. From his unique vantage point, Lord Judge will describe  the challenges now facing the British constitution.

About The Politics of Judicial Independence in the Britain's Changing Constitution:

 This AHRC-funded project will conclude in 2014 after three years of research. We believe we are the first team to conduct a large-scale study of whether judges, politicians and officials share a common understanding of judicial independence during a period of constitutional upheaval and greatly increased administrative complexity. Is judicial independence compatible with greater accountability and continuing government supervision of the courts service? Can more be done to make the composition of the judiciary more reflective of the society it serves without compromising on appointment by merit?  While public attention has focused on political criticism of judges over controversial issues such as human rights and terrorism, judicial independence remains a political achievement guaranteed by all branches of the State.  

The project team is Robert Hazell (UCL), Kate Malleson (Queen Mary, University of London), Graham Gee (University of Birmingham), Patrick O'Brien (UCL) and Brian Walker (UCL).

The main output of the project is a book, The Politics of Judicial Independence in the UK's Changing Constitution, which will be published by CUP in 2014. 

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