HRLC in conversation with Lord Justice Rabinder Singh
18 November 2020
This was a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from one of the most senior judges in England and Wales. Sir Rabinder Singh has a long and illustrious career. He is a Court of Appeal Judge (since 2017) and President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (since 2018), formerly a High Court judge on the Queen’s Bench Division, a Queen’s Counsel and a barrister, founding member of Matrix Chambers. He also taught law at the University of Nottingham from 1986 to 1988.
This was a moderated conversation which spanned the breadth of his experience, what it means to be a judge, how decisions are made, how the right answers are reached. It explorde the role and functioning of the Court of Appeal and why it is one of the main law making bodies in England and Wales.
The Rt. Hon. Sir Rabinder Singh read Law at Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1982 to 1985; and was a Harkness Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley, where he obtained his LL. M. in 1986. He was a lecturer in law at the University of Nottingham from 1986 to 1988.
He was called to the Bar (Lincoln’s Inn) in 1989 and was in practice at the Bar from 1990 to 2011, becoming a QC in 2002. He was elected a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn in 2009. He was appointed a High Court Judge (Queen’s Bench Division) in October 2011.
He was a Presiding Judge of the South Eastern Circuit from 2013 to 2016 and the Administrative Court liaison judge for the Midlands, Wales and Western circuits during 2017.
He was a visiting Professor of Law at the London School of Economics from 2003 to 2009 and a Visiting Fellow, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford from 2016 to 2019. He has been an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Nottingham since 2007.
His publications include The Future of Human Rights in the UK (1997) and (as co-author with Sir Jack Beatson and others) Human Rights: Judicial Protection in the UK (2008).
He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in October 2017 and President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in September 2018