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Supreme Court Justices from US, UK and Canada Speak on Judicial Independence

The Importance of Judicial Independence to the Rule of Law

Panel discussion jointly organised by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and the New York City Bar.


  • Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice, US Supreme Court
  • Lord John Dyson, Former UK Supreme Court Justice and Master of the Rolls
  • Justice Beverley McLachlin, Former Chief Justice of Canada


  • Murray Hunt, Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law

What is judicial independence? Why does it matter to the Rule of Law? How can emerging democracies build an independent judiciary, and what does it take to sustain it at a time when political debates are highly polarized and judges have found themselves in the firing line?

In conversation with Bingham Centre Director, Murray Hunt, a panel of three Justices offered personal reflections from their long and distinguished careers on the highest courts of the US, the UK and Canada.

A summary of the event is available here.

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