The Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lectures


The Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lectures honours His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah’s commitment to the Rule of Law, Constitutional Supremacy and Good Governance.

Established to honour His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah’s contribution to the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya specifically, and to the development of Malaysian law generally, especially so since Merdeka, the Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lectures was conceived and initiated by Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Visu Sinnadurai during his tenure as Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya (1983-1986). Since 1986, when the First Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lecture was delivered in Kuala Lumpur, distinguished Lord Chancellors, a Former British Prime Minister, Masters of the Rolls, Lords of Appeal in Ordinary, Justices of the UK Supreme Court, an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, a President of the New Zealand Court of Appeal, Queen’s Counsel and academics from the Commonwealth have been invited to partake in the premier law lecture series of Malaysia.

The eminent speakers, each conferring on the series the measure of prestige befitting its Patron, His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah, have delivered authoritative, stimulating and thought-provoking lectures on a wide range of topics. The Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lectures has been described as “one of the most prestigious lecture series of the common law world.”

The First to Seventeenth Lectures were published in a volume entitled “The Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lectures: Judges on the Common Law” (Edited by Dato’ Seri Dr Visu Sinnadurai, Professional Law Books, 2004), and the Eighteenth to Twenty-Fourth Lectures were published in a second volume entitled “The Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lectures II: Rule of Law, Written Constitutions & The Common Law Tradition” (Edited by Dato’ Seri Dr Visu Sinnadurai, RNS Publications, 2011). The full text of the individual Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lectures have been made available with the kind permission of the publishers, and may be accessed in the links provided below. The full videos for the Twenty-Fifth, Twenty-Seventh and Twenty-Eighth Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lectures have been made available with the kind permission of the Sultan Azlan Shah Foundation.

The Thirtieth Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lecture, entitled "The Supreme Court: Guardian of the Constitution?", was delivered on 9 November 2016 by Baroness Hale of Richmond, Justice and Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

The Thirty-First Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lecture, entitled "The Rule of Law, the Executive and the Judiciary", will be delivered on Tuesday, 28 November 2017 by The Rt Hon The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.


The Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lectures


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