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Why is it a good idea to know something about English law?

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Please note that this event has been rescheduled from 28 March 2023 to 22 May 2023.

About this event

The lecture will be delivered by Lord Hoffmann who joined Queen Mary in June 2009 as Honorary Professor of Intellectual Property Law, following his retirement as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.

The last fourteen years of his judicial career were spent as a Law Lord, prior to which he was a member of the Court of Appeal between 1992 and 1995 and a High Court Judge in the Chancery Division between 1985 and 1992. He remains an active arbitrator and mediator and continues to be a non-permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong.

He attended the University of Cape Town, and then Queen's College, Oxford, as a Rhodes scholar and won the Vinerian Scholarship. He was called to the bar by Gray’s Inn in 1964 and became Queen’s Counsel in 1977.

In his judicial career he gave judgments which have shaped modern English law, ranging from the reading of arbitration clauses and patent specifications to the scope of the Convention rights under the Human Rights Act. His unrivalled knowledge and experience of law means that his contribution is of relevance to all those studying or interested in law.

The lecture will be followed by informal networking drinks.