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The 2014 Lecture, UK, EU and Global Administrative Law: Foundations and Challenges, delivered by Professor Paul Craig, is now available.

The Hamlyn Lectures

Hamlyn Lectures are normally delivered in the autumn and the annual Hamlyn Seminar, which marks the publication of the lecture, is usually held in London in the following spring.

Details of past lectures are stored in our Hamlyn lectures archive.

Published annual volumes of the lectures can be found on the Cambridge University Press website

The 2023 Hamlyn lectures will be delivered by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd on the topic of ‘Laws for a nation and laws for transnational commerce. Where is the line drawn?’

Lecture 1: ‘Law for a Nation – Wales’

Date: Thursday 5 October 2023, 18:30-19:45

Lecture 2: ‘Law for Commerce: English Commercial Law as a System for Transnational Commerce’

Date: Wednesday 1 November 2023, 18:00-19:00

  • Venue: Birmingham (Elgar Concert Hall - Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham)
  • Chair: Professor Lisa Webley
  • Watch the lecture here 

Lecture 3: ‘The Development of Transnational Law for Commerce and the Continued Role of English Law’

Date: Tuesday 7 November 2023, 18:00-19:00

For full information, please download the Hamlyn Lectures 2023 flyer

Courts and the Body Politic

The 2022 Hamlyn lectures were delivered by Professor Catherine O’Regan, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Oxford University.

Lecture 1: The Expanding Role of the Courts

Date: Wednesday 2 November 2022, 18:00-19:00

  • Venue: Moot Court Room, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Chair: Professor Kieran McEvoy

Lecture 2: Courts and the Executive Branch of Government

Date: Wednesday 9 November 2022, 18:00-19:00

  • Venue: Senate Room, Main Building Glasgow G12 8QQ, Glasgow
  • Chair: Professor Nicole Busby, Professor in Human Rights, Equality and Justice

Lecture 3: Courts and Fundamental Rights

Date: Wednesday 16 November 2022, 17:30-19:00

  • Venue: Sir Joseph Hotung Auditorium, Mansfield College, Oxford
  • Chair: Helen Mountfield KC


Delivered by Lord Pannick QC Blackstone Chambers.

Lecture 1: The Essence of Advocacy

Date: Tuesday 9 November 2021, 17:30-18:30

Lecture 2: The Morality of Advocacy

Date: Wednesday 10 November 2021, 18:00-19:00

Lecture 3: The Future of Advocacy

Date: Thursday 11 November 2021, 18:00-19:00

  • Venue: The Law Faculty Building, Gulbenkian Theatre, Oxford
  • Chair: The Rt. Hon. Lord Burrows QC
  • Recording available here (passcode mn6Y3f=h)

Download the 2021 Hamlyn Lecture poster

The Great Experiment: Constructing a European Union under the Rule of Law from a Group of Diverse Sovereign States

Delivered by Eleanor Sharpston QC, Advocate General 2006-2020, Court of Justice of the European Union.

Lecture 1: Competing claims to pre-eminence and the lessons of history

  • Date: Thursday 29 October 2020, 18:00-19:00
  • VenueA online event, hosted by the Faculty of Advocates, Edinburgh
  • Chair: Rt Hon. Sir David Edward

Recording available below.

Lecture 2: A new start, a new model, a unique challenge

  • Date: Monday 2 November 2020, 18:00-19:00
  • Venue: An online event, hosted by Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Chair: Mr Brian Doherty, previously Solicitor to the devolved government of Northern Ireland

Recording available below.

Lecture 3: Taking stock and looking forward

  • Date: Monday 23 November 2020, 18:00-19:00
  • Venue: An online event, hosted by the Honourable Society of Middle Temple
  • Chair: Lord Anderson of Ipswich KBE QC

Recording available below.

Download the Hamlyn Lectures 2020 flyer

English Law under two Elizabeths

Delivered by Professor Sir John Baker, Q.C., LL.B., Ph.D. (Lond.), M.A., LL.D. (Cantab.), Hon. LL.D. (Chicago), F.B.A.; Downing Professor Emeritus of the Laws of England in the University of Cambridge

Lecture 1: English Law under Elizabeth I

  • Date: Tuesday 19 November 2019, 17:00-18:00  Drinks reception 18:00
  • Venue: University of Cambridge - LG18, The Sir David Williams Building, 10 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DZ
  • Chair: Professor David Ibbetson, President of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge

Book here.

Lecture 2: The Age of Common Law and the Age of Statute

  • Date: Thursday 21 November 2019, 18:00-19:00 Drinks reception: 17:00
  • Venue: University of Reading - Palmer Building 1.09, Whiteknights Campus, Reading RG6 6UR
  • Chair: Dr Ian Williams, Faculty of Laws, University College London


Lecture 3: The Elizabethan Inheritance

  • Date: Thursday 28 November 2019, 18:00-19:00
  • Venue: Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, University of London, WC1E 7HU
  • Chair: The Rt Hon the Lord Judge

Book here.

Download the Hamlyn Lectures 2019 flyer

Why does Equality seem so difficult? Three Problems in Comparison

Delivered by Robin Allen QC Co-Head of Cloisters Chambers, Bencher of Middle Temple, Chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee of the Bar Council of England and Wales.

Aristotle said that equal treatment required like situations to be treated alike, and unlike situations differently. Ever since, jurists, politicians and the public have argued over when situations are, and are not, alike.  In the 2018 Hamlyn Lectures Robin Allen QC discusses three aspects of this problem of comparison at the heart of equality law:

Lecture 1: The newest problem: Making a fair comparison across all ages.

Tuesday 23 October 2018 at 5.30pm
Venue: Moot Court Room, School of Law, Main Tower Building, Queen’s University Belfast

Lecture 2: The oldest problem: Establishing equal work.

Tuesday 30 October 2018 at 6pm
Venue: Faculty of Advocates, Laigh Hall, Parliament House, 11 Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RQ.

Lecture 3: The most contentious problem: Comparing rights in conflict.

Monday 5 November 2018 at 6pm
 Middle Temple, London EC4Y 9BT

Download Hamlyn Lectures 2018 flyer

Thinking about Statutes:
Interpretation, Interaction, Improvement

To be delivered by Professor Andrew Burrows

MA, BCL, LLM (Harvard), QC (Hon), FBA, DCL
Barrister and Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple, Professor of the Law of England and a Fellow of All Souls, University of Oxford

Lecture 1 - Statutory Interpretation

Chair: Baroness Hale of Richmond, President of the UK Supreme Court.

Wednesday 1 November, 17.30-18.30
Venue: Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Law, St Cross Building, University of Oxford, OX1 3UL

Lecture 2 - The Interaction between Common Law and Statute

Chair: Lord Dyson

Thursday 9 November, 18.00-19.00
Venue: Whitworth Hall, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9NR


Lecture 3 - Improving Statutes

Chair: Elizabeth Gardiner, First Parliamentary Counsel

Wednesday 15 November, 18.00-19.00
Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR


Further information

For full information, please download the Hamlyn Lecture 2017 flyer.

Golden Threads and Pragmatic Patches: Fairness in Criminal Justice

Delivered by Dame Sian Elias, Chief Justice of New Zealand

Lecture 1 - Fair and Just?"

Chair: The Right Honourable The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd Kt PC QC, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

Tuesday 8 November, 18.00 (17.00 Reception) Venue: Cardiff School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX

Lecture 2 - Righting Criminal Justice

Chair: Sir Stephen Sedley Former Lord Justice of Appeal

Monday 14 November, 18.00
Venue: The Alumni Auditorium, The Forum, University of Exeter, Streatham Campus, Exeter EX4 4QJ


Lecture 3 - The Most Important of all Judicial Functions

Chair: The Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC

Thursday 17th November, 18.00
Venue: Old Hall, The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3TL



Further information

For full information, please download the Hamlyn Lectures 2016 flyer.

The Hamlyn Lectures 2015 were delivered by Professor Michael Freeman under the title A “Magna Carta” for Children? – Rethinking Children’s Rights.

Michael Freeman is Emeritus Professor of English Law at University College London; a Fellow of the British Academy; of Gray’s Inn, Barrister; Fellow of University College London; and Editor of the International Journal of Children’s Rights.

  • Lecture 1: 11 November 2015 (University of Leeds) ‘Are Children Human?’

  • Lecture 2: 18 November 2015 (University of Nottingham) ‘Even Lawyers were Children Once’ 

  • Lecture 3: 25 November 2015 (University College London) ‘A “Magna Carta” for Children?’

Further information

For full information, please download the Hamlyn Lectures 2015 flyer.

The Hamlyn Lectures 2014 were delivered by Professor Paul Craig.

Paul Craig is Professor of English Law at St John’s College, Oxford. He is the alternate UK member of the Venice Commission on Law and Democracy, an institution within the Council of Europe.

19 November- : Lecture 1 - Foundations of UK Administrative Law: The Common Law Method, Values and Constestation

26 November- : Lecture 2 - Foundations of Global Administrative Law: Governance, Regulatory Power beyond the State and Administrative Legality

02 December- : Lecture 3 - Foundations of EU Administrative Law: Treaty Foundations, Judicial Crea-tivity and the Hierarchy of Norms

Further information

For full information download the Hamlyn Lecture 2014 flyer.