23 November 2016Time: 6:30 - 9:00pm
Venue: David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Francis Bancroft, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road E1 4NS United Kingdom
The lecture considers the “Judicial Role Today”, exploring some of its boundaries. While we live in a culture of celebrity, of the media and social media, judges are not celebrities. Their role calls for reserve. They do not court public controversy, even while they may be called upon to adjudicate on matters of controversy. The lecture examines the nature of judicial reserve: independence from the other branches of the State, while not existing in splendid isolation from them; the ways in which the Judiciary can co-operate with the Executive in securing the effective administration of justice; and, finally, how the Judiciary helps provide constitutional stability through the role it plays in developing the law, and the limits placed on that role.
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