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Dickson Poon School of Law welcomes Lord Judge

Posted on 01/11/2013
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Lord Judge becomes second former Lord Chief Justice to join Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London

Lord Judge has joined The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London as a Dickson Poon Distinguished Visitor for 2013/14. 

Recently retired from his position as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Judge was described by Lord Dyson, the Master of the Rolls, as ‘one of our greatest Chief Justices’ at the special valedictory hearing held recently at the Royal Courts of Justice to mark his retirement. He will become the second former Chief Justice to join the School within the space of 12 months. He will be joining Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, who became the School’s first Dickson Poon Distinguished Visitor in November 2012. Lord Phillips was Lord Chief Justice from 2005 to 2008. Lord Judge will also be taking the title of Visiting Professor. 

Lord Judge said: 'I am delighted to be joining the School as a Dickson Poon Distinguished Visitor. Having met the students, I find it very refreshing that at the beginning of their legal studies they are so enthused by the law. It is reassuring that so many are already alert to and have started to address the important wider questions which are inextricably involved in any stimulating law degree.

'I am looking forward to further engaging with the students, sharing ideas and considering the deeper issues involved in legal practice as well as contributing to the School’s research and teaching culture.'

Professor Sir Richard Trainor, Principal and President of King’s College London said: 'We warmly welcome Lord Judge to King’s College London. His outstanding contributions to Law in general and to the Judiciary in particular were recognised last year with an honorary doctorate conferred on him by the College. It is very gratifying that he has now agreed to contribute his expertise as a Distinguished Visitor.'

Professor David D. Caron, Dean of The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London said: 'It is a great honour for us that Lord Judge has accepted the position at The Dickson Poon School of Law. With such a long and distinguished judicial career, Lord Judge is considered to have been one of England and Wales’ greatest Chief Justices. It is extraordinary that with Lord Judge joining Lord Phillips as a Distinguished Visitor, the School counts two former Chief Justices amongst its ranks. We are very proud indeed.'

The School of Law’s Distinguished Visitor programme is a significant part of a £40 million transformational project, made possible by philanthropist Dickson Poon’s £20 million gift to King’s. The programme is designed to enable distinguished and high-profile individuals from academia, the judiciary or corporate life, to take up a period of residence in the School and contribute to its research and teaching culture.

Called to the bar in 1963, Igor Judge became a Recorder in 1976 and Queen's Counsel in 1979. In 1988, he was appointed a Justice of the High Court, assigned to the Queen's Bench Division, and awarded a knighthood.

In 1996, Lord Judge was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal, becoming a Privy Counsellor. He was the Senior Presiding Judge from 1998 to 2003, when he became Deputy Chief Justice.

He became Lord Chief Justice on 1 October 2008, succeeding Lord Phillips. On the same day he was created a life peer as Baron Judge of Draycote in the county of Warwickshire.

Lord Judge held the position of Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales for five years and retired in September 2013. 

Earlier this year, he gave the inaugural lecture, ‘Half a Century of Change: The Evidence of Child Victims’, in the John Toulmin Series of Lectures at King’s, which was set up to foster collaboration between The Dickson Poon School of Law and the Institute of Psychiatry. He joined King’s College London in October 2013.

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