Tom Bingham, ‘the most eminent of our judges’ (Guardian), held office successively as Master of the Rolls, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and Senior Law Lord of the United Kingdom, the only person ever to hold all three offices. He became a life peer, as Baron Bingham of Cornhill in the County of Powys, on becoming Lord Chief Justice in 1996. In 2005 he was appointed a Knight of the Garter, the first professional judge to be so honoured. He retired in 2008, and in the same year was elected by the Institut de France as the first winner of the Prize for Law awarded by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. Tom Bingham died in September 2010, six months after the first publication of this book.
The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law was established in 2010, with Lord Bingham’s support, as part of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and strives to support the development and strengthening of the rule of law as set out in this book.
The Rule of Law was chosen as a ‘book of the year’ by Chris Patten (in the Observer), Gideon Rachman (in the Financial Times) and Geoffrey Robertson (in the New Statesman).