U.S. Supreme Court Justice Marks the Bingham Centre's Inaugural Event

LONDON, 24 MARCH 2011 - Hogan Lovells' has hosted the first formal event for The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court led a discussion with Professor Ronald Dworkin QC, Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC and the Rt Hon Lord Justice Sedley and chaired by Jeffrey Jowell QC. 

Justice Breyer led the discussion on courts and democracy. He talked about the American Supreme Court and how it has assumed the role of settling fundamental issues of American social policy through its power of constitutional interpretation. Justice Breyer described some of the landmark cases that helped to define the role the Court would play in American politics. He also gave his views on how a constitutional court should fulfil its function as final interpreter of a democratic constitution and examined some of the Court's most controversial recent decisions, including the legality of detention in Guantanamo Bay.

Justice Breyer commented:

"You can have a whole range of selection systems, but really, the bottom line must be that once the judge takes office the judge will feel that he can decide the case without reference to the popular will of the moment."

Hogan Lovells is a major sponsor of The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, which has been set up by The British Institute of International and Comparative Law in December 2010 to promote the rule of law around the world through comparative research, discussion and training. The centre is named after The Rt Hon Lord Bingham of Cornhill KG. 



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