Date: Monday, 19 November 2018
Time: 6 – 7 pm
Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Russell Square, London
2018 LORD RENTON LECTURE
will be given by
Lady Hale of Richmond
President of the Supreme Court
Statute or case law: how should we develop the law?
Chair: Lord Justice Sales
This is a free event and all are welcome. To register click here.
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To watch a video of the talk given to the Society by Prof. Thomas Poole of the LSE on 19 March 2018, click here.
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RECENT EVENTS AND LECTURES
2017 Annual Lord Renton Lecture – Sir John Laws. PC. “Statutory Interpretation: the Myth of Parliamentary Intent”. IALS9 October 2017
Prof Adam Tomkins MSP: “Legislating Proportionately in the Mixed Constitution”. IALS8 May 2017
Prof Sionaidh Douglas-Scott (Queen Mary School of Law, University of London) on “Legislating for Brexit”, covering three situations: the Referendum Act, the ‘Great Repeal Bill’, and the possibility of any ‘Continuation Bills’ in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. IALS.20 March 2017
Prof. Richard Susskind OBE. “The Future of Legislation: the impact of technology”. IALS28 February 2017
Lord Lisvane KCB DL. “Why is there so much bad legislation?”. This was a joint event with Study of Parliament Group and took place at the House of Lords.15 February 2017
Reflections on biosecurity legislation in developing countries: increasing market access or maintaining unequal terms of trade?
Dr Robert Black, University of Greenwich.
“A Recent Development in Statutory and Constitutional Interpretation in Australia”
Dr Christopher Walshaw, Central Queensland University
Drafting of Criminal Justice Legislation
Professor John Spencer QC, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge
The 2015 Lord Renton Lecture was delivered by the Rt Hon. the Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe. The text of his paper can be found in the Library. ”As if …. The Wonderland of Statutory Hypotheses“.12 October 2015
What Yemshaw Could Have Said
Donald L. Drakeman, Distinguished Research Professor, Program on Constitutional Studies, University of Notre Dame
Lady Hale’s judgment in Yemshaw v London Borough of Hounslow  UKSC 3 set out to update the meaning of ‘domestic violence’, leading to the criticism from Professor Ekins and others that amending a statute by ‘judicial fiat’ thwarts the legislature’s intention. The Supreme Court could have invoked Hansard to reach the same result. Donald DrakemanI will argue that, despite the continuing controversy surroundingPepper v Hart, the use of legislative history may be preferable to judicially updating statutory meaning, especially when the text was adopted just a few years before.
Planning legislation: merely consolidated or completely overhauled?
Charles Mynors, Barrister.
“Legislation as Aspiration: Statutory Expression of Policy Goals”
Professor David Feldman, Rouse Ball Professor of English Law, University of Cambridge.
Professor Dawn Oliver, Emeritus Professor of Constitutional Law, University College London
“Tort and the Legislature: Themes in an Evolving Relationship”
Professor Jenny Steele (York Law School) and Professor T T Arvind (Newcastle University).
The Annual Lord Renton Lecture was delivered by Sir Christopher Greenwood CMG QC, Judge of the International Court of Justice.
“Drafting and iInterpretation – Reflections of an International Lawyer”
A Colloquium on the Use of Hybrid Bills in Parliament for Major Infrastructure Projects.
Chair: Lord Justice Sales
Speakers: David Elvin QC, Liam Laurence Smyth, Simon Ricketts, Angus Walker
Held at the office of King 7 Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin, London
Dangerous Trends in Modern Legislation – Daniel Greenberg24 February 2014
Scrutiny of terrorism laws: searchlight or veil? David Anderson QC27 January 2014
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.]28 November 2013
2013 Annual 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
2013 Statute Law Society Conference. Law and Alternative Solutions: Codification, Restatement, Common Law. Speakers: Prof Andrew Burrows QC, Prof Ian Dennis, Dr Deirdre Ahern, Prof Hugh Beale QC, Prof Robert Hazell. Conference papers, where available, can be found in the Library section.14 October 2013
Making the law easier for users: the role of statutes. Richard Heaton, First Parliamentary Counsel and Permanent Secreetary at the Cabinet Office.10 June 2013
Legislation, Users and the Web: Legislation.gov.uk and the future of the statute book. John Sheridan, Head of Legislation Services at The National Archives.13 May 2013
Lord Norton of Louth
“Improving the legislative process – the continuing challenge”
Graham Aaronson QC
“An Oxymoronic Endeavour? A General Anti-Abuse Rule for taxation to give effect to the will of Parliament by overriding Parliament’s statutes.”
Jonathan Swift QC
“Constitutional statutes: construction and legal adjudication”
Annual Lord Renton Lecturem given by Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston QC of the Court of Justice of the European Union
“Through a Glass Darkly: Transposing EU drafting into English statutes – Choices, Teleology and True Meaning.”
Sir Geoffrey Bowman KCB QC and James Kessler QC
“Public and private drafting – comparing and contrasting objectives, problems, styles and approaches.”
Professor Elizabeth Cooke, Law Commissioner
“Why is law reform so difficult?”
Mr Justice Robert Sharpe, Judge of the Court of Appeal, Ontario
“The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and Lord Sankey’s “living tree” theory of interpretation”
This event was held jointly with Clarity.
Philip Coppel QC
“The Data Protection Act 1998 and Personal Privacy”
Professor Richard Bellamy
“The Democratic Legitimacy of International Human Rights Conventions: Parliament, Political Constitutionalism and the Hirst Case”
“How to make EU legislation more accessible”
Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury MR
2011 Annual Lord Renton Lecture:
“General, equal and certain: law reform today and tomorrow”
Richard Ekins, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland
“Yemshaw and the constitutionality of updating statutes”
Paul Regan, Head of Resources, Olympic and Paralympic Security Directorate, Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, Home Office
“Enacting legislation – a civil servant’s perspective”
ANNUAL LORD RENTON LECTURE
Mr Stephen Laws CB, First Parliamentary Counsel
“Giving effect to policy in legislation – how to avoid missing the point”
“Legislation and the Supreme Court”
Supreme Court, Parliament Square, London
Neville March Hunnings
“Legislative Form and the European Union”
The Hon. Mr Justice Sales
“Rights-consistent interpretation of statutes under section 3 of the Human Rights Act 1998″
David Dodd BL
“Adhering to traditional methods for modern reasons: statutory interpretation in Ireland”
The Hon Justice Susan Crennan QC, High Court of Australia
“Statutes and the Contemporary Search for Meaning”
ANNUAL LORD RENTON LECTURE
Lord Justice Elias
“The Rise of the Strasbourgeoisie: Judicial Activism and the ECHR”
Professor Jeremy Waldron, New York University Law School and 2008-09 Fowler-Hamilton visiting fellow at Christ Church College, Oxford
“Interpretation, Textualism and the Citation of Foreign Law”
Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty
“How a lobbying group can affect legislation”
Mr Justice Sales, formerly First Treasury Counsel, Common Law
“A comparison of the principle of legality and section 3 of the Human Rights Act 1998″
INAUGURAL ANNUAL LORD RENTON LECTURE *
Lord Rodger of Earlsferry
“Interpreting Statutes Today”
**** To read a copy of the inaugural Statute Law Society lecture given by Lord Renton in 1995 and entitled
“The Evolution of Modern Statute Law and its Future” - click here
Rabinder Singh QC
“Interpreting Bills of Rights”
Statute Law Society Conference, Belfast
“Presuming to Interpret – Basic Principles of Law in Statutory Interpretation”
Speakers: Sir Brian Kerr, Prof. Stefan Vogenauer, The Hon. Mr Justice Hugh Geoghegan, The Rt Hon Lady Justice Arden DBE, Richard Ekin and Jan van Zyl Smith (DPhil Candidates), George Gray (First Legislative Counsel, N.I.), Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe, Mr Justice Sales, Professor Brice Dickson.
Murray Hunt, Legal Adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights
“Scrutinising legislation for human rights compatibility”
Professor John Spencer QC
“Drafting of the Extradition Act”
Lord Carlile of Berriew QC
“Terrorism: Statutes v Politics”
Professor Ross Charnock, University of Paris
“Prototypes and stereotypes: meaning and reference in the language of the law”
Philip Bovey, Former Director, Company Law Project, DTI
“A damn close run thing: the Companies Act 2006″
Dr Roderick Munday, University of Cambridge
“Explanation and Interpretation of Statutes: the Role of the Explanatory Notes”
Peter Graham Harris
“The Making of the Children Act: a Private History”
Lord Hope of Craighead
“Voices from the Past – the Law Lords’ contribution to the legislative process”
Justice Keith Mason, President of New South Wales Court of Appeal, Australia
“The intent of legislators: how judges discern it and what they do if they find it”
Sir Edward Caldwell KCB QC
“Who did the Act? And how?
(A discussion of some aspects of the preparation of legislation, particularly in relation to constitutional legislation which cuts across existing structures and engages a number of government departments, with an occasional look back at the European Communities Act 1972 and other Acts)
Professor Reinhard Zimmermann, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law
“Law Reform in Germany: Experience with the Recent Modernisation of the Law of Obligations”
John McCluskie, CB, QC
“Recollections and Reflections of the former First Scottish Parliamentary Counsel”
Professor Judith Freedman, University of Oxford
“Interpreting Tax Statutes: is successful tax avoidance a contradiction in terms?”
A panel-led discussion organised jointly by the Law Commission and the Statute Law Society
Panel: Sir Edward Caldwell, Mr Justice Toulson, Lord Newton of Braintree, Paul Jenkins and Francesca Quint
Javan Herberg and Phillip Coppel
“The Big Chill: Swimming on Hampstead Heath and the Spectre of Public Safety”
Professor Vernon Bogdanor, University of Oxford and Professor Jeffrey Jowell QC, University of London
“The Constitution, the Parliament Acts and Jackson v Attorney-General”