Skip to Content
The business of judging: selected essays and speeches

The business of judging: selected essays and speeches

Bingham, T. H. (Thomas Henry), 1933-2010

Since the 1980s, the Senior Law Lord has contributed to publications and conferences on a range of legally related topics. This book contains a selection of these contributions

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English.
Published Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000
Rate this

Available: Online

This item is not reservable because:

  • You can only request items from our lending collections. You cannot reserve journals.
  • Online – One available in E-book

    Barcode Shelfmark Loan type Status
    E-book Online Available


Statement of responsibility: Tom Bingham
ISBN: 0191685623, 9780191685620, 9780198299127
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Description based on print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (viii, 434 p.)
Subject: Judicial process Great Britain.; Law Great Britain.


  1. The Judge as Juror: The Judicial Determination of Factual Issues
  2. The Judge as Lawmaker: An English Perspective
  3. The Discretion of the Judge
  4. Judicial Independence
  5. Judicial Ethics
  6. 'There is a World Elsewhere': The Changing Perspectives of English Law
  7. Law in a Pluralist Society
  8. The Supreme Court of India
  9. The European Convention on Human Rights: Time to Incorporate
  10. Should there be a Law to Protect Rights of Personal Privacy?
  11. The Way we Live Now: Human Rights in the New Millennium
  12. Tort and Human Rights
  13. Should Public Law Remedies be Discretionary?
  14. The Old Despotism
  15. Mr Perlzweig, Sir John Anderson, and Lord Atkin
  16. The Courts and the Constitution
  17. Anglo-American Reflections
  18. The English Criminal Trial: The Credits and the Debits
  19. Justice and Injustice
  20. Silence is Golden - or is it?
  21. A Criminal Code: Must we Wait for Ever?
  22. The Sentence of the Court
  23. Justice for the Young
  24. The Mandatory Life Sentence for Murder
  25. Speech on the Second Reading of the Crime (Sentences) Bill
  26. Address to the Centenary Conference of the Bar
  27. Who Then in Law is my Neighbour?
  28. The Future of the Common law
  29. Lecture at Toynbee Hall on the Centenary of its Legal Advice Centre
  30. Address at the Thanksgiving Service for Lord Denning OM

Author note

Tom Bingham is The Right Honourable Lord Bingham of Cornhill and Senior Law Lord


Judges spend their public lives in courtrooms. They speak to the public through their judgments. But senior judges are frequently invited to contribute to professional, judicial, or academic conferences or publications, on whatever topic engages the attention of the audience at the time.

This book contains a selection of the essays and addresses written or given by the present Senior Law Lord (as a Queen's Bench judge, Lord Justice of Appeal, Master of the Rolls, and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales) over the last 15 years or so, touching on a wide range of legally related topics.


... beautifully written: scholarly, cogently argued, humorous, and humane.
Counsel, August 2001||exceptionally thoughtful and illuminating
Marcel Berlins, The Guardian||fine collection of essays and speeches
Florence O'Donoghue, The Spectator