6pm - 8pm
Wednesday 13 March 2019

Toulson Law Lecture

We are pleased to welcome former President of the UK Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger, to deliver the inaugural Toulson Law Lecture.


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On Wednesday 13 March, the University of Surrey Law School is delighted to be hosting the inaugural Toulson Law Lecture. To launch this prestigious series of lectures, we are honoured to welcome Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, former President of the UK Supreme Court, to discuss 'The role of the Supreme Court in turbulent times'

Event Synopsis

The rule of law is of essential to the social, moral and economic well-being of any civilised modern society. It is at least as vital as democratic government, which commands far more public attention. In this country, the rule of law is largely overlooked because our very fortunate history has enabled us to take it for granted. But, in turbulent political times, the rule of law assumes greater visibility, attracts more controversy, and assumes particular importance. Justice administered by judges and the institutional independence of the judiciary are perhaps the most important elements of the rule of law. And of course the UK Supreme Court is the apogee of the judicial system in this country. In this lecture, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, the President of the Court between 2012 and 2017, examines its role in the current context of current pressures such as Brexit, economic globalisation, political global tensions, artificial intelligence, electronic communications, and the gig economy.

Timings for the evening are as follows:

5.45pmDoors Open
7.15pmDrinks Reception 
8.00pmEvent Close

About Lord Neuberger

Having graduated as a scientist and spent three years as an investment banker, David Neuberger became a barrister in 1975, and in 1987 was appointed Queen’s Counsel. In 1996, he was appointed a High Court Judge, in the Chancery Division. In 2004, he was promoted to the Court of Appeal, and in 2007 he became a Law Lord. In 2009, he was appointed Master of the Rolls. In 2012, he became the President of the United Kingdom Supreme Court, from which he retired in September 2017.

Since 2010, Lord Neuberger has been a Non-Permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal; in January 2018, he became a Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court. Lord Neuberger practises as an arbitrator from One Essex Court in the Temple, London. He is an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society, and an honorary member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

About the Toulson Law Lecture

The University of Surrey School of Law is honoured to hold the inaugural Toulson Law Lecture in memory of Lord Roger Toulson, a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey School of Law. Lord Toulson was notable for his superlative career at the Bar and on the bench. He was one of Britain’s foremost lawyers, and an intellectual leader within the Supreme Court. He excelled in more than one area of the law and was well regarded for his work in criminal law, which had a major influence at the Law Commission, and in the senior courts in England and Wales. He published influential works in a number of areas including the law of complicity and the law of confidentiality. More generally, he was a defender of the importance of common law development, in the interests of human rights and dignity.

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