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AALA appoints Inaugural International Patron Lord Justice Rabinder Singh

24 Jul 2021 3:17 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

We are pleased to announce to members that The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Rabinder Singh has accepted a 3-year term position as AALA’s inaugural International Patron.

Sir Rabinder Singh brings to this role a wealth of judicial experiences, and unequivocal support to promote the diversity value enshrined in our organisation.

He currently sits as a Lord Justice of Appeal in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, the President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal and a member of the Privy Council appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

He was born in 1964 in Delhi to a Sikh family who came to the UK and settled in a working-class area of Bristol. He graduated with a double first at Cambridge University and obtained an LLM at UC Berkeley. He co-founded Matrix Chambers and was appointed silk in 2002.

Sir Rabinder Singh reached one of the highest ranks achieved by a non-white judge in Britain, and was thought to be the youngest judge to sit in the High Court.

He was our guest speaker at AALA’s First National Cultural Diversity Summit where his address reflected on the UK Judicial Appointments Commission, its inclusion of non-legal members and how its process acknowledges diverse backgrounds so the judiciary reflects the society from which it is drawn and enjoys the confidence of society.

His publications cover areas of human rights, privacy and foreign relations.

As counsel, his cases covered issues in military conflict, victim and refugees, and issues on liberty. His work includes anti-racism issues.

He loves Greek poetry and can read Ancient Greek. He is the first Sikh to be made a High Court judge, and wears a turban rather than a wig while presiding. His coat of arms bears the motto “Nec Timore Nec Favore”.

AALA welcomes Sir Rabinder Singh’s presence in our organisation. We envisage a transformative impact and future contribution to our cultural diversity narrative in the fullness of time.

Media contact: Kingsley Liu, AALA National President, president@aala.org.au

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