What's new

In July, I covered the Charlie Gard hearing for Sky News. You can read my collected tweets here.

Law in Action returned for its summer series in June 2017. On 27 June, the new lord chancellor, David Lidington, gave me his first interview since taking office a couple of weeks earlier.

The previous series of Law in Action began on 7 March 2017 with a full-length interview given to me by his predecessor, Elizabeth Truss.

The second programme in that series, on 14 March, included analysis of a ruling from the European Court of Justice on whether employers could stop staff from wearing headscarves in the workplace. It also included interviews with three leading judges on the judicial recruitment crisis facing the courts of England and Wales. 

On 22 February 2017 I delivered a public lecture for Gresham College called Justice Online: Just as Good? You can download the video, listen to an audio version and read the accompanying paper from the Gresham website

An extended and updated version of my paper called The Online Court: Will IT Work? is available for purchase here. Follow-up lectures are planned for 2018 and 2019.

In December 2016 I provided live commentary and analysis for Sky News on the Article 50 Brexit hearing in the UK Supreme Court. It was the first time a hearing had been covered in this way. I also helped present a programme of recorded highlights at the end of each day that the court sat.

At the end of July 2016 I launched my Facebook page. I use this for original pieces as well as links to work published elsewhere.

 

What's not so new

In January 2016 the then lord chancellor announced that HM the Queen had approved my appointment as Queen's Counsel honoris causa. I was given my letters patent by Michael Gove at the QCs' ceremony in Westminster Hall on 22 February. The Ministry of Justice said:

Joshua Rozenberg is a non-practising solicitor. He has been recommended for his work as the pre-eminent legal analyst of modern times. He is an honorary bencher of Gray’s Inn, best known as a leading legal journalist and commentator. After taking a degree in law, he became the BBC’s first legal correspondent. He then joined the Daily Telegraph and is now a freelance writer and broadcaster, contributing to a range of outlets. He presents Law in Action on Radio 4 and his work includes four published books.

Roy Greenslade wrote it up for the Guardian.

The rank of Queen's Counsel has been awarded in various forms for around 400 years but honorary silks date only from the late 19th century.


The autumn 2016 series of Law in Action included a full-length interview with the Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders. Another programme analysed the High Court decision in the Article 50 Brexit case.

The summer 2016 series of Law in Action started on 31 May 2016. We devoted the first programme to genocide and crimes against humanity. The programme was inspired by my review of a new book by Philippe Sands QC, East West Street, for Prospect magazine. We broadcast a special, live edition on 28 July, dedicated to Brexit.

The spring series of Law in Action started on 8 March 2016. On 29 March we devoted the entire programme to the "gay cake" case being heard in Northern Ireland.

On 13 October 2015 I delivered the opening keynote speech at a Council of Europe conference in Strasbourg on freedom of expression. My speaking note was published by the Council of Europe. I then moderated a lively discussion, which you should be able to watch online (starts 40 minutes in).

Catherine Baksi, who blogs as Legal Hackette, published an interview with me on 26 October 2015.

I spoke about media stereotypes and discrimination at a human rights conference in Helsinki on 10 December 2015. You can watch my presentation here, starting just over an hour from the start of the recording.

The June 2015 series of Law in Action concluded with an exclusive interview given to me by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, about reform of the courts. The plans were subsequently confirmed by the Ministry of Justice.

2015 was marked by a number of events to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

I contributed a chapter to the book published by the British Library as part of its exhibition Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy. Some of my comments were recorded for a video presentation at the exhibition. There's a taster at the start of this promotional video.

You can read my chapter on Magna Carta in the Modern Age, view some of the British Library exhibits and watch the full video hereLaw in Action was broadcast from the British Library on 3 February 2015.

I presented the first edition of Law in Action on 14 October 1984. On 14 October 2014, Radio Four broadcast a special programme to mark the 30th anniversary. In it, Lady Hale, Lord Judge and Sir Keir Starmer QC discussed the most significant legal developments over the past 30 years.

I was on the judging panel for the Halsbury Legal Awards 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Nottingham Trent University awarded me an honorary LLD in July 2012 for what the dean of the law school described as my "highly significant contribution to the scrutiny and understanding of the law and the legal system". This was my second honorary degree; the first was from the University of Hertfordshire in 1999.

The University of Lincoln awarded me an honorary doctorate in law in September 2014. I was awarded my fourth honorary LLD by the University of Law in November 2014.

I was invited by the European Commission to deliver an introductory speech at a major conference in Brussels in November 2013. It was aimed at "shaping justice policies in Europe for the years to come". The other introductory speakers were ministers of justice, past and present. You can read my remarks here and watch the video (with translations into other languages if you prefer).

I was gratified to find that I was the only journalist to be included in the Times Law 100 list of most inflential lawyers for 2012. That list was the first and last of its kind to be compiled by The Times.

I started tweeting in 2011 and now have around 58,000 followers. I use Twitter both to break stories and to alert readers to my work published elsewhere. I sometimes cover court hearings on Twitter in real time. 

I write a column twice a month for the Law Society Gazette. I no longer write regularly for the Guardian but my past columns are collected here.

My valedictory column for the Daily Telegraph appeared on 1 January 2009. You can search online for material I wrote for the Telegraph from 2000 to 2008.

My book Privacy and the Press has been published in a Chinese translation by the China Legal Publishing House. The ISBN is 978-7-5093-3455-3 and you can buy it here. Note the list of chapter headings towards the bottom of the page: one was untranslatable.

My email and postal addresses can be found at the bottom right-hand corner of this page.

3 August 2017