On 13th February, Lord Mance delivered a lecture at King's College London. His subject was International Law in the Supreme Court and he summarised the ways in which international law impacts on cases heard by the court. The speech touches upon many of the interesting - and, sometimes, controversial - cases of recent times.
The third speech is again by Lord Mance - The Role of Judges in a Representative Democracy - and was delivered in the Bahamas on 24th February 2017. The important role of the judiciary is discussed and Lord Mance considered how it relates to the roles of the Executive and the Legislature. He also spoke about recent attacks on the judiciary by elements in the popular media - notably, the "Enemies of the People" comment by the Daily Mail.
"The Daily Mail reacted to the High Court’s judgment in Miller (later upheld in the Supreme Court)by putting a picture of the three High Court judges on its front page with the caption Enemies of the People, and the Mail Online – at least initially, and deplorably – referred to the publicly acknowledged homosexuality of one of them. Happily, by 24 January 2017 when we gave our judgment, things had calmed down. The furthest the Daily Mail then went was a photo of the three dissentients captioned Champions of the People, which was even quite witty!"
Lord Mance gives a lecture during the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council's Fourth Sitting in The Bahamas
The Role of Judges in a Representative Democracy
24 February 2017
Lord Mance gives lecture at King's College, London
International Law in the UK Supreme Court
13 February 2017
Lord Neuberger gives the Neill Lecture 2017 at the Oxford Law Faculty
Twenty Years a Judge: Reflections and Refractions
10 February 2017