Our speaker, Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, DBE, PC, FBA hardly needs any introduction. She was Professor of Law at Manchester University specialising in social welfare law, family law, mental health law and women and the law. She was a member of the Bar and, in 1984, became the youngest person and the first woman ever to be appointed to the Law Commission. Over the course of the nine years spent at the Law Commission, she instigated a number of key reforms in family law and mental health law. She initiated and led the Commission’s work which produced the Children Act 1989.

In 1994, she was appointed a High Court Judge sitting in the Family Division; in 1999 she was appointed a Lady Justice of Appeal; and on 12 January 2004 became the first ever woman Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. She sat in the House of Lords and subsequently in the Supreme Court becoming its President from 2017 until her retirement in 2020. Generations of law students have studied, and will in future study, her judgments and opinions written in a style that renders them easily assessable, highly persuasive and always sympathetic.

She is accurately described in the UKSC Blog as ‘a very unconventional Justice. She is … a regular and passionate speaker about issues such as feminism, equality and human rights – qualities which have made her one of the Court’s most popular and well-known figures.’

Lady Hale has visited Israel several times with the British-Israeli legal exchange and as Lionel Cohen lecturer at the Hebrew University. She also has an honorary degree from Bar-Ilan University.

When: 1 December 2022 at 6:30pm

Where: WAC Arts, The Old Town Hall, 213 Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, London, NW3 4QP

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This annual event is held in honour of Philip Rueff, the first Chair of the Lawyers’ Group and former Chair of Oasis of Peace UK, to raise funds for and awareness of the work of Neve Shalom-Wahat al-Salam. The event is organised by the Lawyers' Group of Oasis of Peace UK and is sponsored by Mischon de Reya. 

About 40km to the west of Jerusalem lies a quite remarkable settlement – the village of Neve Shalom Wahat al Salam: the Oasis of Peace. Here, Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews live in equal numbers. Here, there is a primary school, where Arab and Jewish children from the village and the outlying community attend in equal numbers. Here is the School for Peace which runs programs for Jewish and Arab people of all ages aimed at promoting understanding between the two communities. Against the background of turmoil and strife in the Middle East, the Village stands as a beacon of hope.