15 June 2021, 5pm
Hong Kong National Security Law
Speakers: Prof Chin Leng Lim and Prof Johannes Chan
Chair: Denis Edwards
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29 September 2021, 6pm
The Rule of Law and Subordinate Legislation
Speaker: Sir Jonathan Jones, KCB QC,
former HM Procurator General, Treasury Solicitor and Head of the Government Legal Services
The 2021 Annual Lord Renton Lecture will be given by Lady Arden of Heswall, Justice of the Supreme Court.
25 November 2021, 6pm
Venue to be confirmed.
Devolution and the Statute Book
The 2020 Annual Lord Renton Lecture was given on 15 December 2020 by The Rt Hon. James Wolffe QC, Lord Advocate of Scotland
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Thinking policy through before legislating – aspirational legislation
To read the text of the 2019 Lord Renton lecture, given by The Rt Hon. The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd PC, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales CLICK HERE
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THE LIBRARY CONTAINS SOME OF THE MANY LECTURES ORGANISED BY THE STATUTE LAW SOCIETY FOR ITS MEMBERS.
“Thinking policy through before legislating – aspirational legislation”
The 2019 Lord Renton lecture was given by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd PC, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales on 21 November 2019
Statutory Interpretation: The Myth of Parliamentary Intent. The 2017 Annual Lord Renton lecture given by Sir John Laws on 13 November 2017.
Reflections on biosecurity legislation in developing countries: increasing market access or maintaining unequal terms of trade?. Slides from lecture given by Robert Black on 13 February 2017.
A View from the Crossbenches. The 2016 Annual Lord Renton lecture given by the Rt Hon. the Lord Hope of Craighead, Convenor of the Crossbenches, on 28 November 2016.
Modern Statutory Interpretation. Lord Justice Sales, 2016. This article is based on the text of a lecture delivered at the Society of Legal Scholars conference at St Catherine’s College, Oxford in September 2016. It was first published in the Statute Law Review.
A Recent Development in Statutory and Constitutional Interpretation in Australia. Lecture given by Dr Christopher Walshaw of Central Queensland University on 29 February 2016.
Criminal Justice Legislation that Everyone Can Understand: a Flying Pig, or a Realistic Aspiration? Slide presentation accompanying the lecture given by Professor John Spencer QC on 25 January 2016.
Lord Renton Lecture: “As if …. The Wonderland of Statutory Hypotheses“ Lecture given by The Rt Hon. the Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe on 3 November 2015.
What Yemshaw Could Have Said. Lecture given by Donald L. Drakeman, Distinguished Research Professor, Program on Constitutional Studies, University of Notre Dame on 21 October 2015.
Legislation as Aspiration: Statutory Expression of Policy Goals. Lecture given by Professor David Feldman, Rouse Ball Professor of English Law, University of Cambridge, on 16 March 2015.
Legislative Standards. Prof. Dawn Oliver’s speaking notes for her lecture given on 23 February 2015.
A Colloquium on the Use of Hybrid Bills in Parliament for Major Infrastructure Projects (21 October 2014)
- Is there still a plaace for Hybrid Bills in the 21st Century?
Angus Walker, Bircham Dyson Bell.
- Parliamentary Procedure: how can MPs do justice to Hybrid Bills?
Liam Laurence Smyth, Clerk of the Journals.
- Hybrid Bills and other consent procedures.
David Elvin QC, Landmark Chambers.
Scrutiny of terrorism laws: searchlight or veil? David Anderson QC.
Ex post facto law. Prof. Neil Duxbury. If you would like an offprint of the published article on which this lecture was based please apply to the SLS Administrator.
Lord Renton Lecture
Respect for law and sausages”: how Parliament made Section 31 of the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 on the sale of employment rights. Lord Pannick QC.
CONFERENCE - Statute Law and Alternative Solutions: Codification, Restatement, Common Law
- Restatements and Judicial Law Reform [outline of talk] Professor Andrew Burrows QC, Professor of the Law of England, Oxford University.
- Is there still a case for codifying the criminal law and, if there is, what might a modern Evidence Code look like? Professor Ian Dennis, Emeritus Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Criminal Law, University College London.
- Codification of Company Law - [Slide Presentation] Dr Deirdre Ahern, Fellow and Assistant Professor School of Law, Trinity College Dublin.
- The Contitutional Reform Act 2005 and its consequences [Slide Presentation] Professor Robert Hazell, Professor of British Politics and Government and Director of the Constitution Unit.
- The European Contract Law Project: the drafting challenges [Outline of talk] Professor Hugh Beale QC, Professor of Law, University of Warwick.
Lord Renton Lecture
Through a Glass Darkly: Transposing EU drafting into English Statutes. Choices, Teleology and True Meaning.. [outline] Lecture given by Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston QC on 26 November 2012.
Judges and Legislature: Values into Law. Sir Philip Sales, High Court Judge and member of the Statute Law Society Council. (This paper was first published in The Cambridge Law Journal, 71, pp 287-296 (2012) and is reproduced by agreement with the Publisher.) For information on Cambridge Journals Online click here.
Strasbourg Jurisprudence and the Human Rights Act: A response to Lord Irvine. Sir Philip Sales, High Court Judge and member of the Statute Law Society Council.[This article was first published by Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters (Legal) Limited in the issue of Public Law, April 2012, and is reproduced by agreement with the Publishers.]
Teaching Legislation in United Kingdom Law Schools. Summary of survey results. In 2011 the Statute Law Society conducted a survey of UK law schools to find out how they teach about legislation. The survey is part of the Statute Law Society’s ongoing “Teaching Legislation Initiative” which aims to promote and improve the teaching of statute law.
The Data Protection Act 1998 and Personal Privacy. Lecture given by Philip Coppel QC on 19 March 2012.
Codification by Alec Samuels, member of the Council of the Statute Law Society. Includes bibliography.
Lord Renton Lecture
General, equal and certain: law reform today and tomorrow. Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Master of the Rolls. 28 November 2011.
Rights-Consistent Interpretation and the Human Rights Act 1998. An article by The Hon. Mr Justice Sales and Richard Ekins. (First published by Thomson Reuters (Legal) Ltd in the Law Quarterly Review, April 2011, and reproduced by agreement with the Publishers.)
The judicial role in the interpretation of statutes. Presentation given to members of the Netherlands Academy for Legislation by The Hon Mr Justice Sales, Judge of the High Court, Chancery Division and Council Member of the Statute Law Society. April 2011
Yemshaw and the constitutionality of updating statutes. Lecture given by Richard Ekins, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland, on 9 May 2011.
Enacting Legislation – a Civil Servant’s Perspective Lecture given by Paul Regan, Head of Resources, Olympic and Paralympic Security Directorate, Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, Home Office. 31 January 2011.
Three Challenges to the Rule of Law in the Modern English Legal System Lecture given by The Hon Mr Justice Sales to the Statute Law Society on 10 December 2010.
Lord Renton Lecture
Giving Effect to Legislation: how to avoid missing the point Stephen Laws CB, First Parliamentary Counsel. 10 November 2010
Lord Renton Lecture
The Rise of the Strasbourgeoisie: Judicial Activism and the ECHR. The Rt Hon Lord Justice Elias.