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Lord Mansfield: Justice in the Age of Reason

UCL Faculty of Laws Events

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM (BST)

London, United Kingdom

Lord Mansfield: Justice in the Age of Reason

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UCL Laws Legal History Special Lecture


Lord Mansfield: 
Justice in the Age of Reason

by
Emeritus Professor Norman S. Poser
(Brooklyn Law School)

Chaired by Dr Ian S Williams (UCL) 


on Tuesday 29 April, from 3-5pm


Venue:
UCL Law Faculty
Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens
London WC1H 0EG


About the event
In the first modern biography of Lord Mansfield (1705-1793), Norman Poser details the turbulent political life of eighteenth-century Britain's most powerful judge, serving as chief justice for an unprecedented thirty-two years. His legal decisions launched England on the path to abolishing slavery and the slave trade, modernized commercial law in ways that helped establish Britain as the world's leading industrial and trading nation, and his vigorous opposition to the American colonists stoked Revolutionary fires.

Although his father and brother were Jacobite rebels loyal to the deposed King James II, Mansfield was able to rise through English society to become a member of its ruling aristocracy and a confidential advisor to two kings. Poser sets Mansfield's rulings in historical context while delving into Mansfield's circle, which included poets (Alexander Pope described him as "his country's pride"), artists, actors, clergymen, noblemen and women, and politicians. Still celebrated for his application of common sense and moral values to the formal and complicated English common law system, Mansfield brought a practical and humanistic approach to the law. His decisions continue to influence the legal systems of Canada, Britain, and the United States to an extent unmatched by any judge of the past.

An illuminating account of one of the greatest legal minds, Lord Mansfield presents a vibrant look at Britain's Age of Reason through one of its central figures.


About the Speaker:
Emeritus Professor Norman S Poser taught for many years at Brooklyn Law School, primarily in the areas of securities law. He had previously been Executive Vice-President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, and Senior Vice-President of Policy Planning and Govemrnet Relations at the American Stock Exchange. Prior to that he worked in private practice and at the Securities andExchange Comission

 

  

 

 

 

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UCL Faculty of Laws
Bentham House
Endsleigh Gardens
London
WC1H 0EG

United Kingdom

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM (BST)


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