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ILCR Annual Lecture

The ILCR Annual Lecture will take place this Thursday (27 April) at 5pm in Parliament Hall.  It will be given by Professor William Ian Miller, Thomas G. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and is entitled:

 ‘Food (Sticky and Fast) and Ties that Bind’

Bill Miller has been a member of the Michigan Law faculty since 1984. His research centers on saga Iceland, from whence the materials studied in his course Bloodfeuds and which provides the sources for his Bloodtaking and Peacemaking: Feud, Law, and Society in Saga Iceland (1990). He also has written about emotions, mostly unpleasant ones involving self-assessment, and select vices and virtues. Thus his books: Humiliation (1993); The Anatomy of Disgust (1997)—named the best book of 1997 in anthropology/sociology by the Association of American Publishers; The Mystery of Courage (2000); Faking It (2003), which deals with anxieties of role, identity, and posturings of authenticity; and Losing It (2011), where he turns a jaundiced eye toward aging and decline. The Chicago Tribune named Losing It to its list of best books of the year; Macleans magazine of Canada also listed it in its top 10 nonfiction books of 2011. Eye for an Eye (2006) is an extended treatment of the law of the talion. Audun and the Polar Bear: Luck, Law, and Largesse in a Medieval Tale of Risky Business (2008) offers an expansive interpretation of a superbly crafted short Icelandic tale. “Why is your axe bloody:” A Reading of Njáls Saga is exactly what the subtitle indicates; yet another book on a saga, Hrafnkel or the Ambiguities: Hard Cases, Hard Choices, will appear in 2017. He earned his BA from the University of Wisconsin and received both a PhD in English and a JD from Yale. He also has been a visiting professor at Yale, the University of Chicago, the University of Bergen, the University of Tel Aviv, and Harvard, and in 2008, was the Carnegie Centenary Trust Professor at the University of St. Andrews, where he is now also an honorary professor of history.

Annual Lecture

We regret to say that Lord Plant has had to withdraw from giving the ILCR Annual Lecture. However, we are pleased to say that, despite the short notice, Professor William Ian Miller has agreed to step in so that the event can go ahead. The time and place remain 5pm Thursday 27th April in Parliament Hall.

Professor Miller will be well known to many of you, and is highly regarded for his entertaining and extraordinarily wide-ranging lectures. The title of his lecture is:

‘Food (Sticky and Fast) and Ties that Bind’

ILCR Opening Lecture – Baroness Hale of Richmond

The Opening Lecture of the University’s new Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research will take place on Thursday 8th October at 5.15pm in School III.  Baroness Hale of Richmond, Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, will speak on ‘The Supreme Court in the United Kingdom Constitution’. The Lecture will be followed by a wine reception in Lower College Hall.

Lady Hale was appointed Deputy President of The Supreme Court in June 2013, succeeding Lord Hope of Craighead. In January 2004, Lady Hale became the United Kingdom’s first female Lord of Appeal in Ordinary after a varied career as an academic lawyer, law reformer, and judge. In October 2009 she became the first female Justice of The Supreme Court.

After graduating from Cambridge in 1966, she taught law at Manchester University from 1966 to 1984, also qualifying as a barrister and practising for a while at the Manchester Bar. She specialised in Family and Social Welfare law, was founding editor of the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, and authored a pioneering case book on ‘The Family, Law and Society’.

In 1984 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission, a statutory body which promotes the reform of the law. Important legislation resulting from the work of her team at the Commission includes the Children Act 1989, the Family Law Act 1996, and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

In 1994 she became a High Court judge, the first to have made her career as an academic and public servant rather than a practising barrister. In 1999 she was the second woman to be promoted to the Court of Appeal, before becoming the first woman Law Lord.

Baroness Hale

Baroness Hale of Richmond