Freedom of Expression

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Date(s) - 10/12/2015
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

MacKenzie Building



“Freedom of Expression”
Sir Stephen Sedley and The Rt Hon Lord Hamilton

10 DECEMBER 2015 from 4pm,
Mackenzie Building, Edinburgh

The Faculty of Advocates and JUSTICE Scotland are pleased to announce this joint event on 10 December 2015 to celebrate Human Rights Day.

The organisers are honoured that Sir Stephen Sedley QC and Lord Hamilton have kindly agreed to speak at the event. As can be seen from their biographies below, both speakers are uniquely placed to speak on human rights given their distinguished careers at the very highest level.

The particular topic will be Freedom of Expression. There will be a relatively informal format followed whereby Sir Stephen will present a paper, to which Lord Hamilton will respond, followed by a general question and answer and discussion session.

This is a unique opportunity to hear two speakers of the very highest intellectual calibre and the evening will be unmissable for all those with an interest in public law, human rights and the rule of law.

The event will take place in the Mackenzie Building, High Street, Edinburgh, at 4.30pm, with registration (with tea and coffee) from 4pm. There will be an opportunity to continue the discussion informally over a drink at the end.



Sir Stephen Sedley QC called to the English Bar in 1964 and took Silk in 1983. He was a judge of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court from 1992 to 1999 and a Lord Justice of Appeal in the Court of Appeal from 1999 to 2011, during which he delivered a number of important judgments in the fields of public law and human rights. He also sat as a judge ad hoc of the European Court of Human Rights and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. He chaired the Judicial Studies Board’s working party on the Human Rights Act 1998. He has been President of the British Institute of Human Rights since 1999 and has been President of the United Kingdom Constitutional Law Association since its foundation in 2006. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford, an Honorary Professor of Law at Warwick and Cardiff Universities and is a Judicial Visitor at University College London. He has written and lectured extensively, both nationally and internationally, on public law, constitutional law, human rights and the rule of law.

Lord Hamilton was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1968 and took Silk in 1982. He was an Advocate Depute between 1982 and 1985. He was Chairman of the Medical Appeals Tribunals from 1988 to 1992 and President of the Pensions Appeal Tribunal in Scotland from 1992 to 1995. Between 1988 and 1995 he was a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey. In 1995 he was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice, serving as a Commercial Judge between 1997 and 2000. In 2002 he was appointed as a Judge of the Inner House of the Court of the Session. He served as Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session between 2005 and 2012. He currently serves as a justice of appeal of the Court of Appeal of Botswana (that country’s supreme court) and is a member of the Supplementary Panel of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.