Human Rights Champion Bingham Mourned

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Human Rights Champion Bingham Mourned


TRIBUTES were yesterday being paid following the death of Lord Bingham, one of the UK's most distinguished legal minds.

The former senior law lord was made a Knight of the Garter in 2005 - reportedly the first judge to be granted the honour.

He died yesterday aged 76 at his home in Boughrood in Powys surrounded by close family. He had been suffering from cancer.

Professor Robert McCorquodale, director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, said: "He will be remembered as an exceptional man with a brilliant mind. He was witty and had an extraordinary legal career."

Lord Bingham held three of the top legal posts in the country - Master of the Rolls from 1992-1996, Lord Chief Justice from 1996-2000 and Senior Law Lord from 2000-08.

Regarded as the country's most eminent judge, he argued after his retirement in 2008 that Britain broke international law by invading Iraq.

Born on October 13, 1933, the son of two doctors, Thomas Bingham was educated at Sedbergh School in Cumbria and read modern history at Balliol College, Oxford. …

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