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
Due to the generosity of Cambridge University Press, the Hamlyn Lectures will be available to read on this website. The Trustees are grateful to the Press for enabling the Trust to bring these prestigious lectures to the widest possible readership. Please note that this is a read only version and cannot be downloaded. To purchase a copy, see the Cambridge University Press website.
|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
As a result of the generosity of the Hamlyn Lecture speakers in granting copyright clearance, Lectures held before 2005 are available as digital files (pdf). The free downloading of these searchable files is intended for private use only and not for commercial gain. If you wish to support the work of the Hamlyn Trust in promoting public legal education through a voluntary charitable donation, please contact the Clerk to the Hamlyn Trust.
Guidelines on using the digital files (pdf):
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|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|
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.
For full information download the Hamlyn Lecture 2014 flyer.