[speakers, discussants and chairs]

Cordella Bart-Stewart, Black Solicitor Network ChairPics: Jonathan GoldbergCORDELLA BART-STEWART is a founder member, a Director and, since November 2008, Chair of the Black Solicitors’ Network. She has been a fee-paid Immigration Judge since 2000. During the 1980s she served as Secretary of the Society of Black Lawyers and was instrumental in organising conferences and seminars for this group and was involved in lobbying the Bar Council and the Law Society to establish race relations committees.

gee-grahamGRAHAM GEE is a Professor of Public Law at the University of Sheffield. He has written widely on judicial independence and appointments, most recently with Robert Hazell, Patrick O’Brien and Kate MALLESON as part of the ground-breaking project on The Politics of Judicial Independence in Britain’s Changing Constitution.

lady-brenda-haleLADY HALE is Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court. Lady Hale was the first—and only—women on the UK’s highest court. She is one of the most important judicial voices of her generation across the common law word. Through both her judgments and her extra-judicial writings and speeches, she has spearheaded the diversity debate over the last twenty years not just in the UK, but internationally.

alexander horneALEXANDER HORNE is Deputy Legal Advisor to the Joint Committee on Human Rights. He has written widely on the constitution, law and politics, including a high profile report on judicial appointments and legislative scrutiny hearings published in 2010 by The Study of Parliament Group.

Cora HoexterCORA HOEXTER is a professor of law at Witts University in South Africa. She is widely regarded as the leading authority on the judiciary and the judicial process in South Africa. Professor Hoexter is also a former member of the South African Law Reform Commission.

Rosemary HunterROSEMARY HUNTER is a professor of law and socio-legal studies at Queen Mary University. Much of her research in this area has focused on feminist judgments and judging. She was one of the organizers, with RACKLEY, of the celebrated UK Feminist Judgments Project and is currently President of the UK’s Socio-Legal Studies Association.

emily-4EMILY JACKSON has been a JAC Commissioner since 2014. She is also a professor of law at the LSE. Emily’s research interests are in the field of medical law. She is a member of the British Medical Association Medical Ethics Committee, and until 2012, she was Deputy Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

Judge KaruUSHA KARU sits at the Inner London Crown Court and serves as a commissioner on the JAC. She is the coordinating judge for Judicial Mentors for Recorders for the London area as well as the New Recorders Training Judge at the Inner London Crown Court. Judge Karu also serves as a judicial member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal (Restricted Patients Panel).

mushtaq_khanMUSHTAQ KHAN is President of Birmingham Law Society and a partner in Freeths’ Birmingham office, heading the social housing division. Mushtaq’s work focuses on the social housing sector, including advising housing associations, arms-length management organizations and local authorities. He is a member of the Social Housing Law Association.

Lawrence-4948SONIA LAWRENCE is an Associate Professor in Osgoode Hall Law School at the University of Toronto. Her work centers on questions of equality and includes examinations of the Supreme Court of Canada’s equality jurisprudence, the influence of feminism in Canadian law, sentencing regimes for ‘drug mules,’ diversity on the bench, and section 28 of the Charter. She is the Director of the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies.

andrew lynchANDREW LYNCH is a professor of law at the University of New South Wales in Australia. He researches in the field of Australian constitutional law, with a particular interest in judicial appointments reform and is Director of the Judiciary Project at NSW’s Gilbert and Tobin Centre of Public Law.

kate mallesonKATE MALLESON is a professor of law at Queen Mary and is widely regarded as the leading expert on judicial appointments in England and Wales. She is the author of five books and co-founded the Equal Justices Initiative (which monitors developments in judicial appointments and to promote the appointment of equal numbers of women and men to the bench in the UK).

A MarksALEXANDRA MARKS was a partner in commercial property at Linklaters. She became a Recorder in 2002 and currently sits as a Deputy High Court Judge. She was appointed as a commissioner on the JAC in 2012. She is also a commissioner on the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an Adjudicator for the Solicitors Regulation Authority and chair of the Architects Registration Board’s Professional Conduct Committee. She is a Past President of the City of London Law Society and a Board Member of JUSTICE.

karon monaghanKARON MONAGHAN QC is a barrister specializing in equality and discrimination law at Matrix Chambers. She acted as adviser to the Government’s Women and Equality Unit on the “Discrimination Law Review” (2006) which led to the Equality Act 2010 and in 2014 co-authored the Labour Party’s report on Judicial Diversity: Accelerating Change.

john morrisonJOHN MORISON is a Professor at Queens University Belfast. He has written widely on constitutional law and theory, including The Barrister’s World and the Nature of Law (with Philip Leith) (1992) and Judges, Transition, and Human Rights (with Kieran McEvoy, and Gordon Anthony) (2007). He previously served as a commission on the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission.

alan patersonALAN PATERSON is a professor of law at the University a professor of law at the University of Strathclyde and former member of Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland. He is generally regarded as the top academic commentator on the UK’s top court, with his 2013 book Final Judgment: The Last Law Lords and the Supreme Court winning the 2015 Socio-Legal Studies Prize for Best Book.

erika rackleyERIKA RACKLEY is a professor of law at the University of Birmingham. Her research has informed policy and public debate and has been discussed by the UK and Scottish governments and in the national media. Her book Women, Judging and the Judiciary: From Difference to Diversity was awarded the 2013 Birks Prize by the Society for Legal Scholars.

christopher stevensCHRISTOPHER STEVENS is Chair of the JAC. Prior to appointment as JAC Chair, he had served as Civil Service Commissioner (2004-2009) and as a member of the Senior Salaries Review Board (2009-2011). He has considerable experience in the private sector, including as Group Human Resources Director of Exel (now DHL). He was appointed as Chair of the JAC in February 2011, and reappointed for a further two years in February 2014.

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