Rule of Law: Legal ‘talks from the top’

Law and criminology are thriving subjects at Greenwich, and it is fitting that the latest series of prestigious talks to be held at the university is based on these ever-popular themes.

The 'Rule of Law' series sees first-class speakers including Lord Judge, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Baroness Scotland and Chris Blackhurst taking part and sharing their views. The events, open to all, have been organised by the university's Law Advisory Forum.

Aspects of the law as seen from four different perspectives – that of a judge, a police chief, a politician and a journalist – will be discussed. The talks are as follows:

The Rt Hon The Lord Judge: A Judge's Perspective on the Rule of Law 

Wednesday 7 December, 6pm 

The series begins on Wednesday 7 December with Lord Judge. A practising barrister, he was appointed to the High Court Bench and the Court of Appeal, and then served as the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the head of the judiciary, from 2008 to 2013. He was previously President of the Queen's Bench Division, at the time a newly created post assuming responsibilities transferred from the office of Lord Chief Justice. He is co-author with Anthony Arlidge on a well-received book on Magna Carta.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe: A police perspective on the Rule of Law 

Tuesday 10 January, 6pm 

The views of the constabulary come to the fore with the second talk of the series, given by Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM, a police officer and the present Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Sir Bernard joined the South Yorkshire Police in 1979 before transferring in 1997 to Merseyside Police as Assistant Chief Constable for Community Affairs. He then joined the Metropolitan Police as Assistant Commissioner for personnel, before his appointment as Chief Constable of Merseyside Police.

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The Rt Hon The Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC: A politician's perspective on the Rule of Law 

Tuesday 24 January, 6pm 

Baroness Scotland, a British barrister who is Commonwealth Secretary-General, is giving the third talk. During her remarkable legal career, she was appointed Queen's Counsel at the age of 35, making history by being the first ever black woman to hold this position, and went on to achieve a number of other firsts, including being the first woman to be appointed Attorney General. She is Chancellor of the University of Greenwich. 

Chris Blackhurst: A journalist's perspective on the Rule of Law 

Wednesday 8 February, 6pm 

The series concludes with Chris Blackhurst, a journalist and former editor of The Independent. He has worked in senior roles at The Sunday Times, Sunday Express, Daily Express and Evening Standard, and more recently has been in a senior executive role at Sir Lynton Crosby's consultancy firm.

To find out more

All Rule of Law talks take place in Lecture Theatre Queen Anne 80, Greenwich Campus. For more details, please see the Rule of Law Talks leaflet

To book your place, register at

Our students benefit from a dynamic environment, high levels of tutor contact, a superb location and access to our growing network of legal, financial and public sector justice organisations

School of Law

Part of the university's Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities, the School of Law offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and equips its students with the skills and knowledge to succeed in a wide range of careers.

It regularly achieves outstanding satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey: for instance, the 2017 Complete University Guide ranks the LLB (Hons) Law programme as number one in the London region for student satisfaction.

Sandra Clarke, Head of the School of Law, says: "I am very proud of working here, and of the dedicated, talented teaching team we have. Our students benefit from a dynamic environment, high levels of tutor contact, a superb location and access to our growing network of legal, financial and public sector justice organisations."


Professor Steven Haines

The School of Law carries out research across a wide range of subjects, from family and child protection law to environmental matters, and from international and human right law to prisons and punishments.

Steven Haines, Professor of Public International Law, is a specialist in international security and maritime affairs. He has drafted important new international guidelines to protect schools from military use and attack, which represented the culmination of more than two years of extensive consultations with governments, militaries, UN agencies and civil society.

Professor Darrick Jolliffe has carried out extensive research into deaths in custody. His work, commissioned by the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody (IAP), could help shape future policy in this area.

Dr Olga Martin-Ortega has helped to bring to international attention the plight of millions of workers in the electronics supply chain, who endure extremely poor working conditions and discrimination.

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Legal Advice Centre

Baroness Scotland at the Legal Advice Centre

The School of Law also runs a Legal Advice Centre, which assists those who need expert help and advice on a range of legal issues, including employment and family law, disability benefits and intellectual property.

Set up to provide a free service for people who may otherwise be unable to afford this advice, the centre has proved hugely popular and has won a national award for its tremendous impact on the community.

A partnership between Greenwich law students and academics, as well as lawyers in practice and the voluntary sector, it enhances students' knowledge and skills through their experience of working on real cases.

Baroness Scotland launched the centre in 2015 in a ceremony at the Stockwell Street building, where it is based. To find out more:

Other top speakers at Greenwich

The university attracts leading speakers on a wide range of subjects throughout the year. Many events are free to attend and open to the public.

The current series of talks include the following: