Max Watson Annual Lecture

Max Watson Annual Lecture

14 June 2016

On Tuesday 7 June, the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (FLJS) held the second Max Watson Memorial Lecture at Wolfson College, to commemorate Max Watson’s life and work as a Research Fellow of Wolfson and St Antony's Colleges and Board Member of FLJS.

​This year's lecture, entitled The Supreme Court Re-Assessed: What do the next 7 years hold for the UK's Final Court?, was given by Alan Paterson OBE, Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Professional Legal Studies, Strathclyde University of Law, and was held in the Leonard Wolfson Auditorium at Wolfson College.

​Professor Paterson gave a detailed account of the Supreme Court - its past, present, and future. Drawing on his award-winning book Final Appeal: The Last Law Lords and the Supreme Court, Professor Paterson explained how the Supreme Court has, since its inception in 2009, developed a different decision-making model from that which prevailed at its predecessor the House of Lords. The lecture addressed how the Court's relations with counsel, academia, the lower courts, and Parliament has changed over the last seven years, and assess how the decision-making processes of the Court may continue to evolve over the coming decade.

Alan Paterson OBE, LLB (Edin), DPhil (Oxon), Solicitor, FRSA, FRSE is a Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Professional Legal Studies at the Strathclyde University Law School. Prof Paterson is one of the UK’s leading researchers on the judiciary. His original study on The Law Lords was based on his DPhil which coincided with his appointment as the University of Oxford's Centre for Socio-Legal Studies’ first Research Associate in 1973. His recent monograph on the UK Supreme Court Final Judgment: The Last Law Lords and the Supreme Court (Hart Publishing) won the  Socio-Legal Studies Association ’s book prize for 2015 and Inner Temple Book Prize for 2015.