Magna Carta: Destiny or Accident? Public Lecture by the Right Hon the Lord Igor Judge

Law Courts Buildinig, 184 Phillip Street, Sydney
UNSW Law, the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and Rule of Law Institute of Australia
5.45 for 6.00 pm
Thu, 2015-10-01

In the 800th anniversary of the year in which Magna Carta was first sealed, the Centre, together with UNSW Law and the Rule of Law Institute of Australia, hosted a public lecture 'Magna Carta: Destiny or Accident?' by Lord Igor Judge. The event was held at the Ceremonial Court of the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney.

Lord Judge is President of the Selden Society, an organisation devoted to English legal history, and author of Magna Carta Uncovered (Hart, 2014) with Anthony Arlidge. After a distinguished career as a barrister and judge, between 2008 and 2013 he was Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.

Lord Judge delivering his Magna Carta Lecture in the ceremonial court of the Federal Court

In an engaging lecture that demonstrated his enthusiastic passion for bringing history alive, Lord Judge discussed the surprising survival of Magna Carta. Though very much a document of its time, it remains to this day a symbol of powerful ideas, such as the rule of law, and protecting citizens and their rights through the efficient administration of justice.

David Dixon, Dean of UNSW Law, compered the event and the audience also heard from Richard McHugh SC, a Governing Committee member of the Rule of Law Institute of Australia, about the Institute's support for this and many other public events and educational activities in the 800th anniversary year of Magna Carta.


Dean of Law, Professor David Dixon, Lord Judge and Richard McHugh SC

The Centre acknowledges its interstate partners - Supreme Court Library Queensland and Melbourne Law School - who jointly supported Lord Judge's Australian lecture tour and Chief Justice James Allsop AO of the Federal Court, for the use of the ceremonial court.


The Hon James Spigelman AC QC, the Hon Chief Justice James Allsop AO, Lady Judge and the Hon Justice Monika Schmidt.

A copy of Lord Judge's lecture is available here.

A video of the Supreme Court Oration 2015 about Magna Carta given by Lord Judge in Brisbane as part of this lecture tour is available here.

An interview with Lord Judge by Damien Carrick was broadcast on ABC RN's Law Report and is available here.