Former Lord Chief Justice gives Horizons Students Food for Thought


Lord Igor Judge

In a special Imperial Horizons Guest Lecture, Lord Igor Judge discussed tomorrow's constitution.

On 21 January, students, staff and guests were treated to an Imperial Horizons guest lecture by Lord Igor Judge, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.

The lecture took place during Dr Pasculli's Law and Professional Ethics for Science and Technology Horizons class. The event was filmed and College members can watch the Panopto recording via the following link:

Listen to Lord Judge Guest Lecture via Panopto

Lord Judge examined how our “unwritten" - but in truth partly written - constitution has adapted and developed over the centuries, exploring how it has given us the privilege to live in a country which respects and generally embraces the rule of law. 

He asked the question whether our constitution can successfully address the challenges that will arise in an uncertain future and whether the constitution can cope with scientific, medical and technological changes which have far-reaching consequences for society.

Speaker Bio

Born in Malta and then educated at the Oratory School and Magdalene College, Cambridge; Igor Judge was called to the Bar in 1963, and appointed a High Court Judge in 1988, since when he has held many of the most senior judicial posts in England. In October 2008 Lord Judge was appointed Lord Chief Justice and Head of the Judiciary of England and Wales and created a life peer. He retired as Lord Chief Justice in September 2013.

Lord Judge continues to hold many senior appointments. He has been awarded honorary degrees by several universities and is an honorary Doctor of Laws at King’s College London, where he is a Visiting Professor. With Anthony Aldridge QC, Lord Judge co-authored Magna Carta Uncovered, published in 2014, and in 2015 a collection of his lectures and speeches was published in The Safest Shield.


Ms Cleo Bowen

Ms Cleo Bowen
Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication