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Honoris Causa recipients: Pioneers of legal excellence

Honoris Causa recipients: Pioneers of legal excellence


In a distinguished ceremony presided over by the Lord Chancellor, Alex Chalk, five exceptional individuals received honorary King's Counsel titles

The Lord Chancellor's speech resonated with reverence as he addressed the esteemed attendees gathered for the 2024 King's Counsel appointment ceremony.

The Lord Chancellor underscored the profound significance of the King's Counsel title, a hallmark of unparalleled legal expertise, dedication, and integrity. He acknowledged the sacrifices made by each individual, as well as the unwavering support of their families, in pursuit of this esteemed recognition.

The Lord Chancellor highlighted the exemplary achievements of each recipient, recognising their unique contributions to the legal profession and society at large.

His Majesty has granted letters patent conferring the title of King’s Counsel on 95 barristers and solicitor-advocates. There are also 5 awards this year for King’s Counsel, Honoris Causa.

First among the Honoris Causa recipients is Professor Anthony Arnull, a luminary in the field of European Union law. Renowned for his ground-breaking research on the role and jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, Professor Arnull's work has significantly shaped our understanding of EU law and governance.

Michael Meyer, Head of International Law at the British Red Cross, whose tireless advocacy for international humanitarian law has earned him widespread acclaim. His invaluable counsel to government agencies underscores the vital role of legal expertise in addressing global challenges.

Sir Robert Neill, a distinguished Member of Parliament and Chair of the Commons Justice Select Committee, is lauded for his exemplary leadership in holding the government to account. His unwavering commitment to upholding the principles of justice and transparency exemplifies the highest standards of public service.

The Lord Chancellor then turned his attention to Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, whose ground-breaking work with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has advanced the cause of social and economic rights. Her steadfast dedication to promoting human dignity and equality serves as an inspiration to all.

Finally, the Lord Chancellor paid tribute to Professor Norman Doe, whose pioneering scholarship in Ecclesiastical Law has revitalised the study of this critical field. His influential publications and profound insights have enriched our understanding of religious freedoms and legal principles.