Readers of Slaw may have come across the small volumes that have been published annually for over sixty years – the Hamlyn Lectures. They resulted from an application for directions before Mr. Justice Wynn-Parry of a Trust resulting from the Last Will and Testament of Miss Emma Hamlyn. They're delightfully accessible general talks on various aspects of English and comparative law.
Miss Hamlyn bequeathed the residue of her estate to her executors as trustees
“upon trust to apply the income of the Trust Fund in the futherance by lectures or otherwise among the Common People of this Country of the knowledge of the Comparative Jurisprudence and the Ethnology of the Chief European countries including our own and the circumstances of the growth of such Jurisprudence to the intent that the Common People of our Country may realise the privileges which in law and custom they enjoy in comparison with other European Peoples and realising and appreciating such privileges may recognize the responsibilities and obligations attaching to them.”
That legacy has had quite a result. Slaw readers might enjoy Chief Justice Bora Laskin on The British Tradition in Canadian Law over the New Year.
The other lectures available free online are by: The Rt Hon Lord Denning; Richard O'Sullivan; Professor F H Lawson; Professor A L Goodhart; Sir Carleton Kemp Allen; Professor C J Hamson; Professor Glanville Williams; The Rt Hon Lord Devlin; The Rt Hon Lord MacDermott; Professor Sir David Hughes Parry; C H S Fifoot; M C Setalvad; Professor Sir Thomas Smith; The Rt Hon Sir Robert Megarry; The Baroness Wootton of Abinger; Dean Erwin N Griswold; The Rt Hon Lord Tanley; The Rt Hon Lord Kilbrandon; The Rt Hon O D Schreiner; Professor H Street; The Hon Bora Laskin; Henry Cecil; Professor Sir Rupert Cross; Professor Sir Otto Kahn-Freund; Sir Kenneth Wheare; The Rt Hon Lord Scarman; Sir Desmond Heap; Sir Robert Micklethwait; Lord Mackenzie Stuart; Professor Sir Norman Anderson; Professor Lord McGregor of Durris; Professor Sir William Wade; Hubert Monroe; Professor Tony Honoré; Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone; Sir Gordon Borrie; Professor Ralf Dahrendorf; Sir Jack Jacob; P S Atiyah; J C Smith; The Rt Hon Lord Justice Woolf; Dr Claire Palley; Gordon Slynn; Professor Richard Abel; Lord Mackay of Clashfern; Professor William Twining; The Hon Mrs Justice Hale; The Rt Hon The Lord Cooke of Thorndon; Professor Roy Goode; The Rt Hon Lord Justice Sedley; Michael Zander QC; Anthony King; Andrew Ashworth QC; Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws; Hon Justice Michael Kirby; Sir Bob Hepple QC.