Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

"My Special Subject? Magna Carta-Or the Ashes": Igor Judge, Former Lord Chief Justice

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

"My Special Subject? Magna Carta-Or the Ashes": Igor Judge, Former Lord Chief Justice

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Igor Judge was born in Malta in 1941, "with bombs landing on the hospital". He was called to the Bar in 1963, and served as lord chief justice from 2008 to 2013.

What's your earliest memory?

Sitting on broken glass. My parents told me this happened in Gibraltar when we were returning to England after the terrible siege of Malta.

Who are your heroes?

Denis Compton, for boyhood magic. And Winston Churchill, without whose bloody-minded determination and inspirational use of the English language, our lives would have been catastrophically different.

What was the last book that changed your thinking?

The End of Lawyers? by Richard Susskind, a remarkable analysis of the likely impact of technology, not merely for lawyers but for us all. The advances of technology will be electrically rapid and we are not and perhaps cannot be prepared for them.

What political figure, past or present, do you look up to?

William Marshal who, after his election as regent in 1216, preserved the Plantagenet dynasty, created conciliar government, defeated the invading French at the Battle of Lincoln, twice reissued Magna Carta under his own seal, saving it from oblivion, and sent it across the sea to Ireland, enabling American colonists to defeat the argument that Magna Carta principles were confined to England.

What would be your Mastermind specialist subject?

Magna Carta, or the Ashes 1946-1956.

In which time and place, other than your own, would you like to live?

Provided I was not close to the bottom of the pile, Norman Sicily. …

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