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Judges, politics and the state: Sir Ross Cranston to speak at QM

High Court judge and former Labour politician, Sir Ross Cranston will speak on the role of the judiciary at Queen Mary, University of London, on 1 March 2012.

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Sir Ross Cranston

The Law and Society Lecture, which The Hon. Mr Justice Cranston is to give, is a particular highlight in the legal calendar at the College. Notable past speakers have included Shami Chakrabarti CBE, the director of human rights group Liberty; Rabinder Singh QC; Sir Kenneth McDonald, former Director of Public Prosecutions of England and Wales.

At securing Sir Ross Cranston, who has a long-standing connection to the College, Professor Peter Aldridge, Head of the Department of Law at QM, says: “To the best of my knowledge no-one has ever been, at different times, a law professor, a member of the government (in his case, Solicitor-General), an MP and a judge. He is uniquely qualified to address the pressing issues with which the lecture deals.”

Educated at the University of Queensland, Harvard Law School and Oxford University, Sir Ross Cranston FBA became a barrister at Gray’s Inn in 1976. He sat as the Sir John Lubbock chair in Banking Law at QM, and as a Professor of Law at the College from 1986-91. Before 1992, Sir Ross was also Director of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies and Dean of Laws at Queen Mary. He is currently a fellow of the British Academy.

From 1992 until 1997, Sir Ross Cranston was Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics and Cassel Professor of Commercial Law and in 1997 was elected as a Labour Member of Parliament for Dudley North. He served as Solicitor General from 1998 to 2001, later returning to the back benches.


Event: The Law and Society Lecture

Venue: Mathematics Lecture Theatre, Mathematical Sciences Building, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, E1 4NS

Time: 6.30pm

A drinks reception will follow.


To attend, please email and include your name, job title, organisation, email address and telephone number.

A full transcript of Sir Ross Cranston’s speech will be available after the event.

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