Lester Papers

Scope and Content

Legal papers of Lord Lester on various cases, 1989-1998, pertaining to:

Derbyshire County Council v Times Newspapers Limited, House of Lords, 1989 (concerning libel and freedom of speech); (3 boxes)

Pepper v Hart, House of Lords, 1992 (concerning Derek John Pepper and John Thornton Hart, the payment of tax by public school teachers for reduced fees for their sons, the relationship between Parliament and the judiciary, and whether the intentions of the law and comments in the House of Commons, not just the words of a statute, should be used as evidence in court); (9 boxes)

Equal Opportunities Commission v Secretary of State for Employment, House of Lords, 1993 (concerning Patricia Elizabeth Day, and the relationship between European Community and UK law); (4 boxes)

Fayed v the United Kingdom, European Court of Human Rights, 1993; (1 box)

Queen and Chief Constable of Sussex ex parte International Ferry Traders Limited, House of Lords, 1998 (3 boxes)

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 1936; educated at the City of London School and Trinity College Cambridge (Exhibitioner); BA; Harvard Law School (Harkness Commonwealth Fund Fellowship); LLM; served in the Royal Artillery, 1955-1957; 2nd Lieutenant; called to the Bar, Lincoln's Inn, 1963; Mansfield scholar; Trustee of the Runnymede Trust from 1969; Special Adviser to the Home Secretary (Roy Jenkins), 1974-1976; involved in writing two White Papers on sexual and racial discrimination; Queen's Counsel (QC), 1975; Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights, 1975-1977; Member of the Board of Overseers, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1978-1989; Irish Bar, 1983; Honorary Visiting Professor, University College London, from 1983; called to the Bar of Northern Ireland, 1984; Member of the Board of Governors, James Allen's Girls' School, 1984-1994, and Chairman, 1987-1991; Bencher, Lincoln's Inn, 1985; Member of the American Law Institute from 1985; Recorder, 1987-1993; President, Interights, from 1991; Chairman of the Runnymede Trust, 1991-1993; Visiting Professor of Public Law, University College London, from 1992; created Baron Lester of Herne Hill (Life Peer, Liberal Democrat), 1993; QC (Northern Ireland); Member of the Court of Governors, London School of Economics; Member of the International Law Association Committee on Human Rights; Member of Council, Policy Studies Institute; Member of Council, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; Governor, British Institute of Human Rights; delivered various lectures in the UK and USA; interests include human rights law and administrative and public law. Publications: 'Justice in the American South' (Amnesty International, 1964); as co-editor, 'Shawcross and Beaumont on Air Law' (3rd edition, 1966); as co-editor, 'Policies for racial equality' (Fabian Society, London, 1967); edited Roy Jenkins' 'Essays and speeches' (Collins, London, 1967); as co-author, 'Race and Law' (1972); contributor to 'British Nationality, Immigration and Race Relations', in Halsbury's Laws of England (4th edition, 1973); 'Leading counsel's opinion on the proposed amendments to the Equal Pay Act 1970: European and community law' (1983); as co-author, 'Equal pay for work of equal value: law and practice' (1984); 'The Changing Constitution', ed Jeffrey Jowell and Dawn Oliver (1985); 'A British Bill of Rights' (1990); 'The crisis facing human rights in Europe: does the British government really care?' (1993); as co-author, 'What price Hansard?' (1994).

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Presented by Lord Lester in 1992-1994 and 1999.

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Custodial History

Papers used by the donor in the course of his work as a barrister.