Lord Mance was Deputy President of the Supreme Court. He sat from 1993 to 1999 as a Commercial Judge, was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 1999, and to the House of Lords in 2005 where he spent four years as a Law Lord before becoming a Justice of the Supreme Court on its formation in 2009 and its Deputy President in 2017-2018.
Since joining 7 King’s Bench Walk, Lord Mance has been appointed in a wide range of arbitrations (in a majority of cases as sole arbitrator or chair, but also as a wing arbitrator) under ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICSID Rules and ad hoc in fields including insurance/reinsurance, energy, joint venture, construction and investment.
He has wide-reaching experience of international, commercial and European law, having written many judgments in all these areas as both first instance and appellate levels.
Lord Mance is currently Chair of the International Law Association, Chair of the Conduct Committee of the House of Lords, and a member of the Judicial Integrity Group (responsible for the Bangalore Principles on Judicial Conduct). He also sits as an appellate judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court and is Chief Justice of the Astana International Commercial Court.
At the Bar he specialised in commercial law including insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence (particularly of accountants, auditors, brokers and lawyers), banking and international trade. He was a founder director of the Bar Mutual Indemnity Insurance Fund Ltd and chaired various Banking Appeals Tribunals. He also sat as an arbitrator.
While on the bench, he sat on the Council of Europe’s Consultative Council of European Judges, becoming its first elected chair from 2000 to 2003. In the House of Lords, he chaired a sub-committee of the European Union Select Committee, scrutinising proposals concerning European law and institutions, and contributing to the Committee’s report on the Treaty of Lisbon 2009. He also led a group working on domestic enforcement of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and a delegation reporting on the problem of impunity in relation to violence against women in the Congo.
From 2010 to 2018 he served on the seven-person panel established by article 255 TFEU to report on candidates’ suitability to serve as Judge or Advocate-General in the European Court of Justice.
Lord Mance has good German and reasonable French, having worked in both, and reads (but speaks limited) Spanish.
Specific cases can be found below, mostly in which Lord Mance wrote judgments:
Lord Mance has been Executive Chair of the International Law Society since 2010.
|15 July 2020||Das Vereinigte Königreich (lecture to Juristische Studiengesellschaft Karlsruhe)|
|June 2020||Jean-Marc Sauvé et le comité 255 (in Qu’est-ce que le bien commun? Hommage à Jean-Marc Sauvé, Berger Levrault)|
|8 Dec 2018||The Rule of Law, Citizens Project Foundation, Hong Kong|
|3 Sept 2018||Unjust Enrichment in English law: legal principle or well-meaning sloppiness of thought? (Banking and Financial Services Conference, Queenstown, NZ, keynote speech)|
|11 July 2018||The Frontiers of Executive and Judicial Power: Differences in Common Law constitutional traditions (Melbourne University Public Law Conference, keynote speech) Asia Pacific Law Review Vol 26 No 2 (2018) 109|
|10 July 2018||The Frontiers of Legislative, Executive and Judicial Power (Distinguished Persons’ lecture, City University, Hong Kong)|
|9 July 2018||Arbitral Autonomy and Applicable and Overriding Law (Lord Goff Arbitration lecture, City University, Hong Kong) Asia Law Review Vol 27, 2019 Issue 1|
|Nov 2017||Justiciability (40th F A Mann lecture I.C.L.Q. 2018, 67(4), pp. 739-757)|
|Oct 2017||Privy Council Practice (OUP) (co-authored with Jacob Turner)|
|Feb 2017||The Role of Judges in a Representative Democracy (speech on the Privy Council’s fourth sitting in The Bahamas: (2017) Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice 40|
|Feb 2017||International Law in the Supreme Court (King’s College, London)|
|16 Dec 2016||Débat sur l’ordre juridique arbitral avec Emmanuel Gaillard (Cour de cassation, Paris)|
|29 Sept 2016||Jurisdiction, judgments and proper law relating to states outside the Brussels and Rome regimes (5th Europa lecture, University of Leiden)|
|2016||Das Common Law und Europa: (2016) Juristen für Europa 29 (graduation ceremony speech, Heidelberg University, 2012)|
|4 Nov 2015||Arbitration – a Law unto itself? (Freshfields’ annual arbitration lecture) Arbitration Int. 2016, 32(2), 223-241|
|12 June 2015||In the beginning is the market, in the end is the law (Keynote speech to Association de droit des assurances, Copenhagen)|
|8 June 2015||Speech to mark conclusion of M Vassilios Skouris’s Presidency of the European Court of Justice|
|31 March 2015||Justice and justiciability (Cayman Islands’ Fifth Annual Distinguished Guest lecture)|
|14 December 2013||Destruction or Metamorphosis of the Legal Order? (World Policy Conference, Monaco)|
|25 Oct 2013||Ex turpi causa: when Latin avoids liability (Edinburgh University Law Faculty) (2014) Edin. L.R. 18(2), 175|
|1 Oct 2013||The Rule of Law – Common Traditions and Common Issues (speech to mark 150th anniversary of the Hoge Raad in presence of the King of the Netherlands|
|1 Feb 2013||The Interface between European and national law (Sir Jeremy Lever QC lecture at Oxford:) E.L. Rev. 2013, 38(4), 437-456|
|26 Oct 2012||The Nomination of Judges to the Court of Justice: talks at the Sorbonne and to the Network of Presidents of European Supreme Courts in Paris|
|May 2012||The Independence of Judges: essay in Judges’ independence (to mark Norwegian Association of Judges’ 100th anniversary)|
|19 Nov 2011||The Composition of the European Court of Justice: UK Assoc. of European Lawyers|
|4 Nov 2011||Privacy (Lord Atkin annual lecture, Christ Church College, Brecon)|
|11 Oct 2011||Should the law be certain? (Oxford Shrieval lecture )|
|12 Feb 2011||From Piracy to Terrorism in international law (Essex University annual lecture, repeated to Hong Kong branch of International Law Assoc. June 2011)|
|2011||The 1906 [Marine Insurance] Act, common law and contract clauses: all in harmony? (2011) LMCLQ 3, 346-360|
|8 June 2010||Accountants and the law (KPMG annual lecture)|
|3 Dec 2009||The Changing Role of an Independent Judiciary (23rd Sultan Azlan Shah lecture, Kuala Lumpur)|
|28 Nov 2008||Opting into Community law and interpreting Convention rights: is the UK more or less committed? (James D. Wood lecture, Glasgow University: (2009) Public Law 544|
|31 Oct 2008||Britain’s Emerging Constitution (Inaugural lecture, Centre for British Legal Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin: (2008) Oxford Univ Comp. Law Forum 3: ouclf.iuscomp.org|
|6 Nov 2007||Human Rights, privacy and the public interest – who draws the line and where? (Liverpool University annual lecture): (2009) Liverpool L.R. 30(3), 263-283|
|24 Nov 2006||The Common Law and Europe: differences of style or substance and do they matter? (Presidential address, Holdsworth Club, Birmingham University)|
|April 2006||Constitutional Reforms, the Supreme Court and the Law Lords: C.J.Q.2006, 25(Apr), 155-165|
|April 2006||Is Europe aiming to civilise the common law? (Chancery Bar Association annual lecture: E.B.L. Rev. 2007, 18(1), 77-99, and Rassegne Forense 2006 Vol 39(2), 1053)|
|27 March 2006||The Future of Private International Law: J. Priv. Int. L. 2005, 1(2), 185-195|
|2005||Exclusive jurisdiction clauses and European ideals (critique of EU Court of Justice judgment in Case C-116/02 Erich Gasser v Misat):  120 L.Q.R. 357-384|
|2004||Nationale Richter und der einheitliche europäische Rechtsraum (National Judges and the Single European Space) (Deutsch-Britische Ges, UK Embasssy, Berlin)|
|15 Dec 2003||Confidentiality of Arbitrations: Int. Centre Alt. Disp. Res’n, New Delhi|
|13 Sept 2003||Foreign and Comparative Law in the Courts: (2001) 36 Texas Int. Law Journal 415|
|2001||Article 8: a new law of privacy: (1999) J.S.B.J, 7, 11-13|
|1999||Insolvency at Sea (Donald O’May lecture in Maritime Law, Southampton University: (1995) LMCLQ 34, advocating reform of the Third Party (Rights against Insurers) Act 1930, achieved by Third Party (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010|
|16 Nov 1994||Insurance Brokers’ negligence: Int Broker 1993, Sep, 5-9|
|1993||The operation of an “all debts” reservation of title clause: 1992 LMCLQ, 1(Feb), 35-39|
|1992||Mock Justice? Arbitration 1990, 56(4), 263-265; Counsel 1990, Mar, 15, 17|
1961 – 1964: University College, Oxford; MA Jurisprudence (first class)
Oct. 1965: Call to bar (Middle Temple)
University College, Oxford (2005)
Wolfson College, Oxford (2011)
Liverpool John Moores University;
John F Kennedy University, Buenos Aires;
American Society of Trial Lawyers (2016)
University of Oxford (LLD) (2016)
Canterbury Christ Church University;
2017 – 2018 Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court
2009 – 2017 Justice of the UK Supreme Court
2005 – 2009: House of Lords Appellate Committee
1999 – 2005: Court of Appeal of England and Wales
1993 – 1999: High Court, QBD Judge, also sitting in Commercial Court
1989 – 1993: Chair, various Banking Appeal Tribunals
1988 – 1994: Founder Director of Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Ltd, with responsibility for reinsurance
1982 – 1993: QC; admitted ad hoc in Hong Kong and The Bahamas; also arbitrator and from 1990 recorder and then deputy High Court Judge
1966 – 1993: 7 King’s Bench Walk (commercial chambers)
1965 – 66: Common and commercial law pupillages
Jan – Sept 1965: intern in Hamburg law firm (now Freshfields).
2019 to date: Chair, Conduct Committee of the House of Lords
2018 to date: Honorary Professor Law, King’s College, London
2017-2018: One of group of senior judges advising the UK Government on the technical implications of Brexit for the UK legal system.
2010-2018: Member of the seven-person panel from across Europe, appointed by the Council of Ministers under Article 255 TFEU (2009) to consider and report on the suitability of candidates to act as judges or advocates-general of the European Court of Justice.
2011 to date: Founder member and member of Senate of the European Law Institute and member of its three-person arbitral committee.
2010 to date: Chair of Lord Chancellor’s standing Advisory Committee on Private International Law.
2009 to date: Chair of the Executive Council of the International Law Association, (www.ila-hq.org).
2009 to date: President of British-German Jurists’ Association.
2008 to date: Member of Judicial Integrity Group responsible for the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct
2008: Leader of six-person delegation of Europeans and Africans to report on Justice, Impunity and Sexual Violence in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (for the Swedish Foundation for Human Rights and the All Party Group on the Great Lakes Region of Africa. (http://www.appggreatlakes.org/index.php/appg-reports-mainmenu-35/116-sexual-violence-report-published).
2007-2009: Member of House of Lords European Union Select Committee and Chair of its sub-committee on European Law and Institutions.
2004-2009: Judge responsible for representing and coordinating UK judicial response to the European initiative to develop a common “contractual frame of reference” (the “CFR” project).
2003-2011: UK representative on the Board of Trustees of the European Law Academy, Trier.
2000-2012: UK representative on the Council of Europe’s (“CoE’s”) Consultative Council of European Judges (“CCJE”) (www.coe.int/CCJE). Elected and re-elected as its first chair 2000-2003.
2000-2002: President of British Insurance Law Association (BILA).
2019 Elected Membre correspondant de l’Académie des Sciences morales et politiques
2012 to 2018 – High Steward of the University of Oxford
Visitor of Wolfson College, St Cross College and Lineker College, Oxford
2000 to date – Chair, Hampstead Counselling Service