11th International Rule of Law lecture

Speaking up for the Rule of Law - a Lawyer's Perspective in Modern Iran


9 November 2017, 17:15, Middle Temple Hall

The Bar Council is delighted to announce that this year's speaker will be Dr Shirin Ebadi, who was awarded the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote human rights, in particular, the rights of women, children, and political prisoners in Iran.

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This lecture series aims to stimulate debate, to inspire lawyers to participate in rule of law related work and to promote greater awareness of the importance of the rule of law. We have been fortunate over the past decade to attract outstanding speakers from across the globe, each with their own perspective on the rule of law and each with their own thoughts on the challenges presented.

Previous lectures

The first ten lectures have been published by Wildy's and Sons Ltd. You can purchase a copy of the book from the   Wildy's and Sons Ltd website.  

2016 - Baroness Fran├žoise Tulkens, former Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights

"Fundamental Human Rights and State Security: Inseparable Allies"

2015 - The Honourable Geoffrey Ma, Chief Justice of Hong Kong

"Strength and fragility in tandem: The Rule of Law in Hong Kong"

2014 - Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh, former Vice President of the International Court of Justice and Prime Minister of Jordan

"Rule of Law in times of turbulence- a Middle Eastern perspective"

2013 - Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada

"Is the open court principle sustainable in the 21st century? An examination of the open court principle as a component of the Rule of Law"

2012 - Mark Muholland QC, Chairman of the Bar Council of Northern Ireland

"Global terrorism and the rule of law: a global problem from a Northern Irish perspective"

2011 - Patricia O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs at the United Nations

"Legal Issues Facing the United Nations"

2010 - The Most Reverend & Rt. Hon. Dr. John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

"Justice in a Secularising and Pluralising Society"

2009 -  Judge Anthony Gubbay, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe

"The progressive erosion of the Rule of Law in Independent Zimbabwe"

2008 - Judge Johann Kriegler, former judge of the Constitutional Court of South

"The rule of law in post-colonial Africa: a British legacy?"

2007 -   Judge Phillipe Kirsch, President of the International Criminal Court

"The International Criminal Court-establishing accountability for the most serious international Crimes""