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Sir Rabinder Singh


ONE of the leading lights in the recent development of the common law, Sir Rabinder Singh holds the distinction of being the first person of colour to be appointed to the Court of Appeal.

He has made significant contributions in the field of human rights and the law of privacy, and in his new book, The Unity of Law, he reflects on the defining themes of his career as advocate and judge.

“At various times I have been an academic, a practicing barrister, and, for the last 10 years, a judge. This has given me a variety of perspectives on the law, which together have convinced me more and more of the need to bear in mind that the legal system is one coherent whole,” he writes in the introduction of the book.

Published in December 2021, the book is a compendium of his essays and lectures over the last 23 years, in which he explores themes as diverse as judicial review, equality, privacy, criminal law and international law, with his trademark originality of thought and impeccable scholarship.

He has published widely, including two other books, The Future of Human Rights in the UK in 1997 and (as co-author) Human Rights: Judicial Protection in the UK in 2008.

He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in July 2017 and the president of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal – the independent tribunal that investigates complaints against the intelligence services – in September 2018.

While he is the first Sikh to be made a high court judge – also probably the youngest (he was just 39 when appointed as a deputy high court judge in 2003, a year after he was awarded silk) – he is understandably frustrated that diversity at the highest level of the legal profession is perceived as a

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