Distinguished Speakers Program: The Right Honourable the Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore
16 July 2012
The Australian internet activist, the radical Jordanian cleric and the English businessman - recent cases concerning the UK's extradition obligations
In this Distinguished Speakers Program lecture, The Right Honourable the Lord Kerr will discuss the UK's extradition procedures as highlighted in the cases of Julian Assange, Abu Qatada and Christopher Tappin.
Lord Kerr served as Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland from 2004 to 2009, and was the last Lord of Appeal in Ordinary appointed before the creation of The Supreme Court. Lord Kerr was educated at St Colman's College, Newry, and read law at Queen's University, Belfast. He was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1970, and to the Bar of England and Wales at Gray's Inn in 1974.He served as Junior Crown Counsel from 1978 to 1983, at which point he took silk and served as Senior Crown Counsel from 1988 to 1993. In 1993 he was appointed a Judge of the High Court and knighted. He became Lord Chief Justice and joined the Privy Council in 2004.
Lord Kerr succeeded Lord Carswell of Killeen as Northern Ireland's Lord of Appeal in Ordinary on 29 June 2009, the last Law Lord appointed before the creation of The Supreme Court.
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