L-R: Sir Stephen Richards, Paul Lasok, QC, Piers Gardner, QC, Sir Jeremy Lever, Dean Spielmann, Professor Anne Davies, Professor Steve Weatherill, Professor Sir Francis Jacobs

Dean Spielmann delivered this year’s Sir Jeremy Lever Lecture on Friday February 5 2016 in the Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre. This was the fifth annual lecture in honour of Sir Jeremy and his commanding contribution to the development of European law in this country (and beyond) and we were once again treated to a splendid occasion of convivial good humour combined with intellectual depth.

The chair was taken by Sir Stephen Richards, Lord Justice of Appeal, who introduced Dean Spielmann, who has lately stepped down as President of the European Court of Human Rights. There followed a very fine and thoughtful lecture under the title "Personal Data Protection: The contribution of the European Court of Human Rights". As one of the questioners with whom our lecturer graciously interacted after the completion of his address put it, it was "magisterial". We were lucky to hear Dean Spielmann take us carefully and clearly through the key features of case law that, with immense topicality, seeks to balance the interests of the State with those of the individual. The Sir Jeremy Lever lecture gave us, once again, a memorable evening

Stephen Weatherill

Pictures from the event can be viewed on our Flickr account.