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UK’s first woman Law Lord to deliver keynote speech at York conference

Posted on 25 March 2013

Lady Hale, Justice of the Supreme Court, will deliver the keynote speech at a socio-legal conference at the University of York this week.

Lady Hale (credit: University of Salford Press Office)

The first, and so far only, female member of the Supreme Court, the Right Honourable the Baroness Hale of Richmond will discuss the question ‘Should judges be socio-legal scholars?’

The annual Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) 2013 Conference from 26 to 28 March, hosted by the University’s York Law School, has attracted over 350 delegates.

Conference organiser Professor Caroline Hunter, from the York Law School, said: “We are thrilled to be hosting this year’s SLSA conference at York and are particularly pleased to welcome Lady Hale as our plenary speaker.

“Over the past 21 years, the annual conference has expanded to become one of the most prestigious international events in socio-legal studies. Delegates from a variety of backgrounds, including academic law, social science disciplines, criminology and policy makers, are travelling to York from around 25 different countries.”

We are thrilled to be hosting this year’s SLSA conference at York and are particularly pleased to welcome Lady Hale

Professor Caroline Hunter

Lady Hale became the UK’s first woman Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in January 2004, after a varied career as an academic lawyer, law reformer, and judge.

After graduating from Cambridge in 1966, she taught law at Manchester University from 1966 to 1984, also qualifying as a barrister and practising at the Manchester Bar.

In 1984 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission, a statutory body which promotes the reform of the law. In 1994 she became a High Court judge, and in 1999 was promoted to the Court of Appeal, before becoming the first woman Law Lord.

The fully-booked SLSA Conference will take place in the stunning new Law and Management Building, one of four major academic buildings in the first phase of the University’s £750 million campus extension at Heslington East, one of the biggest capital developments in UK higher education in recent years.

Notes to editors:

  • For more information on the Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference visit  www.york.ac.uk/law/news/conferences/
  • For more information on the Socio-Legal Studies Association visit www.slsa.ac.uk/
  • For more information on the York Law School at the University of York visit www.york.ac.uk/law
  • The University of York’s £750 million campus extension at Heslington East is one of the biggest capital developments in UK higher education in recent years. Its development was supported by investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in Yorkshire and the Humber, part of a major infrastructure project led by Science City York to extend the assets and strategic potential of York as a leading centre for science and innovation. Visit www.york.ac.uk/campus-development/

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