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The Hamlyn Lectures

Hamlyn Lectures are normally delivered in the autumn and the annual Hamlyn Seminar, which marks the publication of the lecture, is usually held in London in the following spring.

The 2014 Lecture was given by Professor Paul Craig.

Details of past lectures are stored in our Hamlyn lectures archive below.

Published annual volumes of the lectures can be found on the Cambridge University Press website.

Archive from 2005

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SeriesYearTitleLecturer
57 2005 Can Human Rights Survive ?  Professor Conor Gearty
58 2006 The Sovereignty of Law: the European Way Sir Francis Jacobs KCMG QC
59 2007 The Prisoners' Dilemma: Political Economy and Penal Populism in Contemporary Democracies Professor Nicola Lacey FBA
60 2008 Judging Civil Justice Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE, CBE, QC
61 2009 Widening Horizons. (Photos from the event) Thomas Bingham, Baron Bingham of Cornhill
62 2010 Lawyers and the Public Good Professor Alan Paterson OBE
63 2011 The Rule of Law and the Measure of Property Jeremy Waldron
64 2012 Aspects of Law Reform: An Insider's Perspective Jack Straw
65 2013 The Common Law Constitution (more information) Rt Hon Lord Justice Laws.

Archive pre 2005

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SeriesYearTitleLecturer
1 1949 Freedom Under the Law The Rt Hon Lord Denning
2 1950 The Inheritance of the Common Law Richard O'Sullivan
3 1951 The Rational Strength of English Law Professor F H Lawson
4 1952 English Law and the Moral Law Professor A L Goodhart
5 1953 The Queen's Peace Sir Carleton Kemp Allen
6 1954 Executive Discretion and Judicial Control Professor C J Hamson
7 1955 The Proof of Guilt Professor Glanville Williams
8 1956 Trial by Jury The Rt Hon Lord Devlin
9 1957 Protection of the Public – A New Challenge The Rt Hon Lord MacDermott
10 1958 The Sanctity of Contracts in English Law Professor Sir David Hughes Parry
11 1959 Judge and Jurist in the Reign of Victoria C H S Fifoot
12 1960 The Common Law in India M C Setalvad
13 1961 British Justice: The Scottish Contribution Professor Sir Thomas Smith
14 1962 Lawyer and Litigant in England The Rt Hon Sir Robert Megarry
15 1963 Crime and the Criminal Law (Part 1 & Part 2) The Baroness Wootton of Abinger
16 1964 Law and Lawyers in the United States Dean Erwin N Griswold
17 1965 New Law for a New World ? The Rt Hon Lord Tanley
18 1966 Other People's Law The Rt Hon Lord Kilbrandon
19 1967 The Contribution of English Law to South African Law: and the Rule of Law in Sou The Rt Hon O D Schreiner
20 1968 Justice in the Welfare State (Part 1 & Part 2) Professor H Street
21 1969 The British Tradition in Canadian Law The Hon Bora Laskin
22 1970 The English Judge Henry Cecil
23 1971 Punishment, Prison and the Public Professor Sir Rupert Cross
24 1972 Labour and the Law.pdf Professor Sir Otto Kahn-Freund
25 1973 Maladministration and its Remedies Sir Kenneth Wheare
26 1974 English Law – the New Dimension The Rt Hon Lord Scarman
27 1975 The Land and the Development; or, Turmoil and the Torment Sir Desmond Heap
28 1976 The National Insurance Commissioners Sir Robert Micklethwait
29 1977 The European Communities and the Rule of Law Lord Mackenzie Stuart
30 1978 Liberty , Law and Justice Professor Sir Norman Anderson
31 1979 Social History and Law Reform Professor Lord McGregor of Durris
32 1980 Constitutional Fundamentals Professor Sir William Wade
33 1981 Intolerable Inquisition? Reflections on the Law of Tax (Part 1 & Part 2) Hubert Monroe
34 1982 The Quest for Security: Employees, Tenants, Wives (Part 1 & Part 2) Professor Tony Honoré
35 1983 Hamlyn Revisited: The British Legal System Today Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone
36 1984 The Development of Consumer Law and Policy – Bold Spirits and Timorous Souls Sir Gordon Borrie
37 1985 Law and Order Professor Ralf Dahrendorf
38 1986 The Fabric of English Civil Justice Sir Jack Jacob
39 1987 Pragmatism and Theory in English Law P S Atiyah
40 1988 Justification and Excuse in the Criminal Law J C Smith
41 1989 Proctection of the Public A New Challenge.pdf The Rt Hon Lord Justice Woolf
42 1990 The United Kingdom and Human Rights Dr Claire Palley
43 1991 Introducing a European Legal Order Gordon Slynn
44 1992 Speech & Respect Professor Richard Abel
45 1993 The Administration of Justice Lord Mackay of Clashfern
46 1994 Blackstone's Tower: The English Law School Professor William Twining
47 1995 From the Tube to the Coffin: Choice and Regulation in Private Life The Hon Mrs Justice Hale
48 1996 Turning Points of the Common Law The Rt Hon The Lord Cooke of Thorndon
49 1997 Commercial Law in the Next Millennium Professor Roy Goode
50 1998 Freedom Law and Justice The Rt Hon Lord Justice Sedley
51 1999 The State of Justice Michael Zander QC
52 2000 Does the United Kingdom still have a Constitution? Anthony King
53 2001 Human Rights, Serious Crime and Criminal Procedure Andrew Ashworth QC
54 2002 Legal Conundrums in our Brave New World Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws
55 2003 Judicial Activism Hon Justice Michael Kirby
56 2004 Rights at work: Global, Europe and and British perspectives  Sir Bob Hepple QC

Lecture 2014

The Hamlyn Lectures 2014 were delivered by Professor Paul Craig.

Paul Craig is Professor of English Law at St John’s College, Oxford. He is the alternate UK member of the Venice Commission on Law and Democracy, an institution within the Council of Europe.

19 November- : Lecture 1 - Foundations of UK Administrative Law: The Common Law Method, Values and Constestation

26 November- : Lecture 2 - Foundations of Global Administrative Law: Governance, Regulatory Power beyond the State and Administrative Legality

02 December- : Lecture 3 - Foundations of EU Administrative Law: Treaty Foundations, Judicial Crea-tivity and the Hierarchy of Norms

For full information download the Hamlyn Lecture 2014 flyer.