Lady Justice Sophia Akuffo, LLB (Ghana) LLM (Harvard)

Sophia Akuffo is the Chief Justice of Ghana. She holds an LLB from the University of Ghana and an LLM from Harvard Law School. She practiced law in Accra for Akufo-Addo, Prempeh, & Co., before being appointed to the Supreme Court of Ghana in 1995. In 2006, she was appointed as one of the first eleven judges to serve on the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, of which she became the third president in 2012. She has been a member of the governing committee of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute and the chairperson of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Task-Force. She became Chief Justice in June 2017.

The Hon Mr Justice Edwin Cameron, BA LLB (Stel) MA BCL (Oxon)

Mr Justice Cameron began his career as a barrister in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1983, practising human rights law. His work included the defence of ANC fighters accused of treason. He later drafted a Charter of Rights on AIDS and HIV, and founded the AIDS Consortium in South Africa. Having read law as a Vinerian Scholar at Oxford, he took silk in 1994. Mr Justice Cameron was appointed Judge of the High Court of South Africa in 1995. He served on the South African Constitutional Court 1999–2000, and was on 31 December 2008 appointed to the South African Constitutional Court. In 2009 he was appointed Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple. He is 2009–10 winner of the prestigious Brudner Prize from Yale University.

The Hon Justice James Edelman BA, LLB (UWA) BComm (Murdoch) DPhil (Oxon)

James Joshua Edelman was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 25 July 2011. He obtained his degrees of Bachelor of Economics (1995), Bachelor of Laws (first class honours 1996) from the University of Western Australia, a Bachelor of Commerce from Murdoch University (1997). He was Associate to his Honour Justice Toohey, of the High Court of Australia, in 1997 and completed his articles with Blake Dawson Waldron. He was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1998. Justice Edelman was awarded a Rhodes scholarship in 1998 and obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Law (2001) from the University of Oxford. Justice Edelman took up a teaching position at Keble College, Oxford University in 2005, and was appointed Professor of the Law of Obligations at Oxford (2008). At Oxford he taught the subjects of restitution, commercial remedies, trusts, torts, contract and Roman law.

The Right Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond, DBE PC FBA

Baroness Hale is the President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. She read law at Cambridge in 1966 and graduated at the top of her class (starred first). Shortly thereafter, she took up a lectureship at Manchester University, where she taught for 18 years. Simultaneously, she was called to the bar at Gray’s Inn in 1969. She successfully combined her practice as a family law barrister alongside her academic career. In 1984, she became the youngest person and the first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission. She was appointed a Professor of Law in 1986 at Manchester University and shortly afterwards, designated Queen’s Counsel. In 1994, she became a judge of the High Court (Family Division). Within a short span of five years, she was promoted to the Court of Appeal and the Privy Council. Subsequently she became, in 2004, the first woman Lord of Appeal in the UK, in 2009, the first woman Justice of the Supreme Court and in 2017, the first female President of that Court. As for academic pursuits, she is currently a Visitor at her alma mater (Girton College, Cambridge) and a Visiting Professor at Kings College London.

The Hon Mr Justice Kenneth Madison Hayne, BA/LLB (Hons) (U of Melb) BCL (Oxon)

A Rhodes Scholar for Victoria, Australia, Justice Hayne pursued a career as a barrister until his appointment as a QC in Victoria in 1984. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1992, and then became a foundation Judge of the Court of Appeal of Victoria in 1995. Justice Hayne received his appointment to the High Court of Australia in 1997. At the bar he specialised in commercial, constitutional, and general civil matters. In 2002 Justice Hayne was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

The Rt Hon Sir Kenneth Keith (New Zealand)

Sir Kenneth Keith is one of New Zealand’s most distinguished jurists. He was one of the inaugural appointees to the New Zealand Supreme Court. Sir Kenneth served on the New Zealand Public and Administrative Law Reform Committee from 1972-1986, and sat on the Royal Commission on the Electoral System in 1985-86. He was a member of the New Zealand Law Commission from 1986-1996, the latter five years of which he served as its president. He has also had significant international service in a variety of contexts including within the then Department of External Affairs (1960-62) and the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (1968-70). Among an extraordinary array of activities, highlights include leading the New Zealand delegation to the conference in Geneva that framed the first two protocols to the Geneva Conventions; appearing as counsel for New Zealand before the International Court of Justice in the various iterations of the Nuclear Tests Cases in 1973, 1974 and 1995; and his service as a past president and member of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission under the first additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions for the Protection of War Victims.

Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi, LLB (Nairobi) LLM (LSE)

Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi is the Presiding Judge of the High Court in Kericho, Kenya. She holds a Law degree from the University of Nairobi and a Masters’ degree in Law from London School of Economics and Political Science. Admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1988, she began with a career in private practice, as a legal assistant both in Nairobi and Mombasa, before joining the Office of the Attorney General as a State Counsel in the Department of the Official Receiver. Justice Ngugi later served as Company Secretary with a leading insurance firm, before becomin a judge in the Constitutional and Human Rights Division of the Kenyan High Court. Amongst her many achievements is being named Jurist of the Year 2013 by the International Commission of Jurists, Kenya. On a more personal level, Justice Ngugi, who lives with albinism, is also a co-founder of Albinism Foundation for East Africa which is an organisation working towards the protection of people with Albinism in that region.

The Hon Mrs Justice Sujata Vasant Manohar, BA (Bom) MA (Oxon) Barrister-at-law

Justice Manohar is a former Judge of the Supreme Court of India. She is now a member of the National Human Rights Commission, India. Prior to joining the Supreme Court of India, Justice Manohar was the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court and thereafter of the Kerala High Court, being the first woman to hold these positions. She established the Maharashtra Family Courts, was the first Chairperson of the Board of Visitors of the Judicial Officers’ Training Institute at Nagpur, and was the Vice President of the Maharashtra State Legal Aid and Advisory Board. She is an Honorary Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn and an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She has received an Hon DLitt from SNDT University, Mumbai. She is currently Chairperson of the International Law Association Committee on Feminism and International Law.

The Hon Mr Justice Robert Ribeiro, PJ LLB LLM (LSE)

Mr Justice Ribeiro is a Permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, the highest appellate court in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Before beginning his judicial career, he lectured at the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Law. He then practised as a barrister at the Hong Kong Bar, having also been called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1978. He was appointed a QC in 1990 (a status converted to Senior Counsel in 1997). After spending a year as a judge of the Court of First Instance in 1999, he was appointed a Justice of Appeal in the Hong Kong Court of Appeal in 2000 and, in the same year, was further appointed to the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal. He has sat as a member of the Hong Kong Law Reform Commission, the Bar Council and the Operations Review Committee of the Independent Commission Against Corruption over a number of years.

The Hon Mr Justice Robert J Sharpe JA, BA (UWO) LLB (Hons) (Toronto) DPhil (Oxon)

Mr Justice Sharpe sits on the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Canada. Before his appointment he sat on the Ontario Court of Justice (General Division), now the Superior Court of Justice. Before embarking on his judicial career he taught at the University of Toronto and was Dean of the Faculty of Law (1990–5). Mr Justice Sharpe spent two years as Executive Legal Officer, Supreme Court Canada, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has authored numerous scholarly articles and several books, including The Law of Habeas Corpus (2nd ed, 1989); The Last Day, the Last Hour: The Currie Libel Trial (1988); Injunctions and Specific Performance (3rd ed, 2000); The Charter of Rights and Freedoms (with Katherine Swinton, 1998); Brian Dickson: A Judge’s Journey (with Kent Roach, 2003); The Persons Case: The Origins and Legacy of the Fight for Legal Personhood (with Patricia McMahon, 2007). He was a member of the Advisory Panel to assist the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission regarding the judiciary (2002) and a member of the International Bar Association Rapid Response Missions to investigate threats to judicial independence in Russia (2005) and Pakistan (2007).

The Hon Chief Justice Anthony Smellie QC

Chief Justice Smellie has been a Judge of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands since February 1993. In June 1998 he was appointed Chief Justice of the Cayman Islands. In August 1991 he was appointed as one of Her Majesty's Counsel. Earlier positions held by Chief Justice Smellie include Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions for Jamaica, Solicitor General, and Acting Attorney-General for the Cayman Islands. Chief Justice Smellie is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of the West Indies (Barbados) and of the Norman Manley Law School (Jamaica) where he obtained his postgraduate professional qualifications. He is also an alumnus of the International Development Law Institute, Rome. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies, London. Chief Justice Smellie is one of the representatives of the Cayman Islands to the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force. He is listed by the UNDCP as a Consultant on the subject of anti-money laundering law and policy. His present responsibilities include being the central authority for the Cayman Islands Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the US.

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Past Patrons

  • The Right Hon The Lord Goff of Chieveley (Robert Lionel Archibald Goff), PC DCL FBA