Supreme Court of Queensland 2015 Oration

John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon
King John
Unknown artist
Oil on panel, circa 1620
on display at British Library, London, UK
in the exhibition Magna Carta: Law Liberty Legacy
NPG 4980 (5)

The 2015 Supreme Court of Queensland Oration Magna Carta: Destiny or Accident?  was presented by the Right Honourable the Lord Judge, on 29 September 2015.

The Magna Carta was a political settlement between a mediaeval king (King John of England) and a group of powerful barons. Yet, 800 years after it was sealed, it continues to be of interest and importance throughout the common law world. In this address Lord Judge will examine Magna Carta in its contemporary context and discuss its surprising survival and how it has come to be regarded as one of the most famous and totemic documents in history.

About the Speaker

The Right Honourable the Lord Judge was Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and Head of the Judiciary of England and Wales from 2008 to 2013. He was awarded an Open Exhibition to Magdalene College Cambridge in 1959 where he read History and Law. While at Cambridge he entered the Hon Society of Middle Temple and was subsequently called to the Bar in 1963. In 1988 he was appointed a High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division and knighted. In 1996 he was appointed Lord Justice of Appeal and Sworn of the Privy Council. He was created a life peer in 2008. Lord Judge served as President of the Selden Society from 2009–2015.

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Lord Judge on Magna Carta

Listen to Damien Carrick's interview with the Right Honourable the Lord Judge—reflecting on the conversation generated during this year's anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta eight hundred years ago—presented on ABC—Radio National's The Law Report.

Speakers notes

Download the paper by the Right Honourable the Lord Judge from the 2015 Supreme Court Oration—Magna Carta: Destiny or Accident?

The Right Honourable the Lord Judge also presented lectures in Sydney and Melbourne in association with—

Related page: The Magna Carta Project

Carousel image: The former Lord Chief Justice and President of the Courts of England and Wales, Baron Igor Judge. Photo by James Davies/Alamy

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