GCN's Mark George QC is to chair an international seminar later this month on the issue of Judicial Recusal to be held at the Birmingham City University in association with Modern Law Review.

Judicial recusal is the principle that judges must disqualify themselves from participating in proceedings if they decide that it is not appropriate for them to hear a case. In Blackstone’s time judges were only required to recuse themselves in cases of actual bias. Subsequently there has been a tendency to widen this to include apparent bias – a doctrine of appearances.

A recent series of high profile recusal cases has come before courts across the world in which:

  • a Justice of the Supreme Court of New Zealand was forced to resign his office
  • the Supreme Court of the United States implicitly reprimanded a State Supreme Court Justice for his failure to recuse
  • in the UK, Lord Hoffmann’s failure to recuse in In Re Pinochetresulted in the case having to be reheard.

This timely seminar brings together a pre-eminent panel of serving and former judges from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States to discuss problems of recusal, the reasons for its recent rise in significance and to identify unresolved issues. They will also submit papers for publication by The Modern Law Review.

The Panel:

The Rt Hon Lord Roger Toulson
The Hon Sir Grant Hammond
The Hon Michael Kirby
The Hon Raymond J McKoski
Chair: Mark George QC

Date: 26 September 2014, 4.30 - 8.30pm

Cost: £100 plus booking fee

Booking: For further information please contact: Professor Julian Killingley julian.killingley@bcu.ac.uk / 0121 331 6287 or Netta Pickett, Senior Business Development Officer netta.pickett@bcu.ac.uk / 0121 331 7331

If you would like to attend this event please use link below and book your place: http://modernlawreview.eventbrite.co.uk.

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