Lord Bingham served as Master of the Rolls, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and was the first appointed Senior Law Lord. He was President of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, which set up the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in his honour.

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge said Lord Bingham was “the most respected, distinguished and admired judge of our times.
“His contributions to our understanding of the significance of the rule of law, and the principled development of the common law, have been unequalled in our generation.”

Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, said: “As long as people anywhere fight torture and slavery; treasure free speech, fair trials, personal privacy and liberty itself—Lord Bingham will be remembered.”