THE RICHARD O'SULLIVAN MEMORIAL LECTURE 2015
Sir Mark Hedley (former Judge in the Family Division of the High Court)
"Can a Christian still be a High Court Judge today?
(Has the gap between Divine law and Secular law become too wide?)"
Temple Church, London
Tuesday 3rd November 2015 at 6.30 pm.
The Richard O'Sullivan
O'Sullivan KC, KSG, (1888-1963) was born in Cork, served in the Royal
Artillery during the 1914-1918 War, and then joined the chambers of
the future Mr Justice McCardie. He had a substantial practice from
the middle twenties, but at the same time began to develop and expound
his ideas on the Christian origin of the Common Law of England. He
brought out its theological roots in the work of men who were both
priests and lawyers like Bracton. A whole generation learnt from what
he had himself imbibed, from Maitland pre-eminently, of the central
place which English law in its formative centuries made for the liber
et legalis homo, the free and lawful man, responsible and fit for
responsibilities. He was a great enthusiast for Thomas More, another
champion of the Common Law, and founded the Thomas More Society. Like
Edmund Plowden, he was a member of the Middle Temple and also held
the office of Treasurer.
It is in honour of Richard O'Sullivan that the Edmund Plowden Trust
has named its lectures, and we are delighted to welcome Lord Mackay
to join the distinguished company of those who have given this lecture.
They include Lord Nolan, Lord Scarman, Lord Hailsham, Simon Lee, Anthony
Allott and Gareth Jones. The journal's 50th anniversary celebration
lecture was given in 2013 by Rt. Hon. Lord Mackay of Clashfern.
- 'Loss or Gain: Some Modern Trends in English Law. Degeneration?'- 1971, 33, 121
- 'The Law of Nature and the Law of Nations' - 1975, 48/49, 48
- 'A British Bill of Rights?' - 1977, 54/55, 82
- 'The Social Challenge to the Common Law'- 1983, 76/77, 22
- 'Judges & Public Policy in the Light of Gillick' - 1987, 94/95, 81
- 'The Common Law and the Third World'- 1990, 104/105, 20
- 'The Length of the Chancellor's Foot' - 1991, 108/109, 4
- 'Thomas More: A Saint for the New Millennium' - 2001, 147, 79
- 'Federalism in the Proposed EU and in the US Constitutions' - 2005, 155, 87
- 'Does Establishment have a future?' - 2013, 170, 7
The Edmund Plowden Trust