Francis Forbes Annual Law Lecture at Memorial University

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The Memorial University Faculty of Arts in Newfoundland is hosting the inaugural Francis Forbes Annual Law Lecture on January 25, 2016. The address will be provided by Derek Green, the Chief Justice of Newfoundland and Labrador, and is entitled Re-imaging Justice: Finding Local Solutions to the Access Crisis. According to the University, “The lecture series was initiated in 2015 to address legal issues of public concern and to unite Memorial University and the provincial legal community in a venture seeking to examine the public interest.” On the namesake of the lecture, they describe further that,

Francis Forbes was appointed Chief Justice in the Supreme Court of Judicature in Newfoundland in 1816 and was to serve in this position until 1822. Thereafter he served as an adviser in the Colonial Office in London, followed by a distinguished career as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in New South Wales. Forbes was powerfully influential in furthering constitutionalism and the rule of law in Newfoundland. His decisions were fearless in the face of strong executive opposition, challenging and checking the arbitrary use of power by the governor and his subordinates, recognizing the right of residents to own property, and strengthening the position of the Supreme Court as a general appeal court for the colony.

You can read more about the lecture at the university’s website here.

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