The 2015 Supreme Court Oration ‘Magna Carta: Destiny or Accident?’ by the Right Honourable the Lord Judge.

The Lecture

Magna Carta: Destiny or Accident? The Magna Carta was a political settlement between a mediaeval king (King John of England) and a group of powerful barons. Yet, 800 years after it was sealed, it continues to be of interest and importance throughout the common law world. In this address Lord Judge will examine Magna Carta in its contemporary context and discuss its surprising survival and how it has come to be regarded as one of the most famous and totemic documents in history. Read the paper here and watch the video here


The Right Honourable the Lord Judge

Igor Judge was Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and Head of the Judiciary of England and Wales from 2008 to 2013. He was awarded an Open Exhibition to Magdalene College Cambridge in 1959 where he read History and Law. While at Cambridge he entered the Hon Society of Middle Temple and was subsequently called to the Bar in 1963. In 1988 he was appointed a High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division and knighted. In 1996 he was appointed Lord Justice of Appeal and Sworn of the Privy Council. He was created a life peer in 2008. Lord Judge served as President of the Selden Society from 2009–2015. Lord Judge was interviewed on the ABC Radio National Law Report, listen here