Thursday, September 14, 2006

Lord Woolf of Barnes to Give Anderson Lecture, Sept. 18

The Right Honorable the Lord Woolf of Barnes, the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Royal Courts of Justice, U.K., will give the Robert P. Anderson Memorial Lecture on Monday, September 18, 2006, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 127.

The title of Lord Woolf's lecture is "How to Change the Litigation Culture." The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception in the Alumni Reading Room in Lord Woolf's honor.

Lord Harry Woolf is the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, having retired in September 2005. He still sits as a judge in the House of Lords and Privy Council, the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong and the Qatar Financial Centre Commercial Court and Appeal Court. He is an accredited mediator and a fellow and a chartered arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He formerly chaired the network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union’s Working Group on mediation.

Lord Woolf's report Access to Justice (1996) is generally acknowledged to have transformed Civil Procedure in England and Wales and has been a catalyst for the development of alternative dispute resolution in England. The Woolf Reforms have started to revolutionize civil justice by making the law accessible to ordinary citizens. The objectives include reducing litigation by encouraging settlement and promoting more efficient procedure by increasing judicial control over the phasing and conduct of litigation.

Between September and December 2005, Lord Woolf conducted a review of the working methods of the European Court of Human Rights. He is now a member of the "Group of Wise Persons" looking into the long-term reform of that court. He is Chairman of the subcommittee of the House of Lords on Parliamentary Standards.

Lord Woolf is Chairman of the Council of University College, London, where he is also a visiting Professor of Law. He is a Visitor to Downing College, Cambridge University, and Pro Chancellor of London University. He is an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences, London’s Global University (UCL) and the U. S. College of Trial Lawyers and an Honorable Member of the American Law Institute.

The Anderson Lecture was established by former law clerks and friends in memory of Robert P. Anderson, B.A. 1927, LL.B. 1929, Senior Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.