James Wood Memorial Lecture- The Rt Hon Lord Sumption

James Wood Memorial Lecture- The Rt Hon Lord Sumption




The School of Law and the trustees to the James Wood Memorial lecture are delighted that the 2015 lecture will be delivered by The Rt Hon Lord Sumption.

Title: The right to a court. Article 6 of the Human Rights Convention.

Venue: Senate room, Main Building

Date: 13th November 2015

Time: The lecture is due to start at 17.30, access to the Senate room, Gilbert Scott Building, University of Glasgow from 17.00. A wine reception will follow the lecture.

A copy of the lecture is available online


The Rt Hon Lord Sumption

After reading history at Magdalen College, Oxford, and serving for four years as a history Fellow of the College, Lord Sumption was called to the Bar (Inner Temple) in 1975 and took Silk in 1986. His practice covered all aspects of Commercial, EU and Competition, Public and Constitutional Law.

He was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 1992 and served as a Recorder between 1993 and 2001. He was appointed as a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey in 1995. In January 2012 he became a Justice of The Supreme Court.

Lord Sumption was a Judicial Appointments Commissioner from 2006 to 2011. He is also an accomplished historian.


The James Wood Bequest Fund is a charitable trust created under the Will of the late James Wood of Wallhouse, Torphichen, from the residue of his estate. The first donations were made in 1935.

The James Wood Lecture was proposed by the Trustees in 1986 as a special five-year annual donation to the University of Glasgow Stair Building Appeal contributing initially £1500 per annum. The first Lecture was given the next year by The Rt Hon Lord Fraser of Tullybelton and the lecture has been given annually since.

All James Wood Lectures to date include:

Date Speaker Title
13th Nov 2015 The Rt. Hon. Lord Sumption "The right to a court. Article 6 of the Human Rights Convention".
17th Oct 2014 Prof Dame Hazel Genn “Civil Justice south of the border: a troubled past and an uncertain future”.
15th Nov 2013 Eleanor V. E. Sharpston, QC. "Europeans who have English as their mother tongue - why Scots lawyers punch above their weight as Euro-lawyers"
25th Oct 2012 Professor Hector MacQueen "Private Law, National Identity and the Case of Scotland‌?"
28th Oct 2011 Baroness Brenda Hale Is It Still A Man's World‌, Women,Children, Citizenship and Migration”
22nd Oct 2010 Sir David Edward KCMG PC QC “Nationalism, Constitutionalism and the European Union”
7th Oc 2009 Rt Hon Des Browne, MP “International security and the international rule of law.”
28th Nov 2008 Lord Mance, Lord of Appeal in Ordinary "Opting into Community law and interpreting Convention rights: is the UK more or less committed?"
15th Oct 2007 Her Excellency, The Rt Hon. Lady Rosalyn Higgins, DBE, QC "Recent developments at the International Court of Justice: the UN’s court in a changing world"
6th March 2006 The Rt Hon Colin Boyd QC "Ministers and the Law"
20th April 2005 The Rt Hon Lord Maclennan of Rogart "Executive Power in our Constitutional Orders."
9th March 2004 Professor James Boyle, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law at Duke University, North Carolina "The Ancient Rights of Cyberspace?: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind"
6th March 2003 Elish Angiolini QC, Solicitor General "The Role of the Scottish Law Officer"
21th Feb 2002 Mr Michael Christie, University of Aberdeen "The coherence  of Scots Criminal Law"
14th March 2001 The Hon Lord Gill, Chairman of the Scottish Law Commission "Law reform in the Twenty-First century-Why? How? What?"
3rd Feb 2000 Professor Kenny Miller, University of Strathclyde "The contribution of Scots Law to the Development of Modern Employment Law"
19th Feb 1999 Professor David Johnston, Regius Professor of Civil Law, University of Cambridge "Legal Change: Survival of the fittest?"
26 Feb 1998 The Lord President the Rt Hon Lord Hope of Craighead "Taking the Case to London- is it all over?"
18th Feb 1997 The Hon Lord Dervaird "The Privitisation of Civil Dispute resolution- but is it Private?"
7th March 1996 Matthew Clark QC "Scots or European Lawyers: Quid Sum?"
23rd Feb 1995 Sir William Kerr Fraser, Principal of the University of Glasgow "The Legislative Process"
24th February 1994 Mr J Anthony Weir, Trinity College, Cambridge "Proverbial Law"
25th Feb 1993 The Hon Lord Clyde, Senator of the College of Justice and Chairman of the Orkney Inquiry "Orkney Revisited: the Process of Inquiry"
27th February 1992 Professor WA Wilson, Lord President Reid, Professor of Law, University of Edinburgh "Studying Statutes"
28th Feb 1991 Mr Francis David Jacobs QC, Advocate General for the European Court of Justice "The Role of the European Court in the Development of European Law"
28th Feb 1990 Professor David Walker, Regius Professor of Law "The Province of Jurists Determined"
1st March 1989 Dr Eric Clive, Scottish Law Commission "Family Law Reform, Past, Present and Future"
24th Feb 1988 The Hon Lord Hunter "Law Reform: The Scottish Law Commission"
25th Feb 1987 The Rt Hon Lord Fraser of Tullybelton "Law Reform:The Judicial Contribution"
The Alan Rodger Endowment

The Alan Rodger Endowment

Glenn Gould and the case for moral rights in sound recordings

Glenn Gould and the case for moral rights in sound recordings