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17 June 2014

Welcome by Professor Philip Murphy (Director, ICwS) and Lord Goodlad (President of OSPA)

Keynote speaker 
Chairman: Professor Philip Murphy    
Speaker: The Rt Hon The Lord Judge, PC, QC (former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales)
- to speak on Some Thoughts on Magna Carta.
Session One: The application of English law and other legal systems in the Empire and after 
Chairman:  Dr Peter Slinn (Vice-President, Commonwealth Legal Education Association)
1.   Professor John Hatchard (University of Buckingham and the Open University, Vice-President of CLEA)
2.   Dr Haji Mohd Na’im Mokhtar (Malaysia Sharia judge) 
3.   Michael Thomas, CMG, QC (Attorney-General, Hong Kong 1983-88)
4.   The Hon Mahapela Lehohla (former Chief Justice of Lesotho)     
Session Two: The Evolution of Courts 
Chairman:  Patricia McKellar (Joint General Secretary, Commonwealth Legal Education Association,   
Assistant Director, Laws Programme, University of London)    
1.   Judge Timothy Workman, CBE (former Senior District Judge for England & Wales)     
2.   The Hon Madame Justice Desiree Bernard (former Chief Justice of Guyana; former Judge of 
Caribbean Court of Justice)         
Session Three:  The Dark Side of the Moon; the Legacy of old Laws
Chairman:  Dr. Karen Brewer (Secretary-General, Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association)
1.    Professor Paul McHugh (Professor of Law and Legal History; Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge)
2.    Jonathan Cooper, OBE (Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers; Chief Executive, Human Dignity Trust)
Session Four:  Human Rights and the New Common Law of the Commonwealth
Chairman:  Soli Sorabjee AM (former Attorney-General of India)        
1.   Professor William Twining FBA, QC (Emeritus Quain Professor of Jurisprudence, UCL)    
2.   Joe Middleton (Barrister, Doughty Sheet Chambers)
3.   James Guthrie, QC (Barrister, 3 Hare Court Chambers)    
Round up and Conclusions 
Chairman: Charles Cullimore, CMG (Chairman of OSPA)
Panel: Katalaina Sapolu (Director, Commonwealth Secretariat LCAD)                                         Keith Hollis (Former Director of Programmes, CMJA)                       

Closing thanks by Professor Murphy

A written transcript of the proceedings of this Conference was produced by OSPA, funded by the Commonwealth Secretariat.  It has been published by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies as Number Nine in the series of the OSPA Research Project’s Occasional Papers.  Price: £5.00; plus postage £2.50 UK; £5.00 overseas. 

The published transcript is available from:
Olga Jimenez, School of Advanced Study, University of London, 
Senate House (Room 265), Malet Street, London  WC1E 7HU.
tel: (0)20 7862 8871   email: [email protected]

The proceedings of this Conference are available on the ICwS website.  To view, go to and follow the links