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 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 Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Masters of the Rolls, Lords of Appeal in Ordinary, Deputy Presidents and Justices of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, a former Chief Justice of Singapore, an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, a President of the New Zealand Court of Appeal, leading 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), 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), whilst the Twenty-Fifth to Thirty-Fourth Lectures were published in a volume entitled "The Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lectures III: Politics and the Judiciary, Executive Power & The Limits of Law" (Edited by Tan Sri Dr Visu Sinnadurai, RNS Publications, 2021).
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 selected lectures have been made available with the kind permission of the Sultan Azlan Shah Foundation.
“Colour of Office”: Restitutionary Redress against Public Authority
Money in the Law
Judicial Legislation: Retreat from Anns
The Spycatcher: Why Was He Not Caught?
Administrative Law Trends in the Commonwealth
Negligence in the World of Finance
Commercial Disputes Resolution in the 90’s
Commercial Fraud Trials: Some Recent Developments
The Modern Approach to Tax Avoidance
Equity and Commercial Law: Do They Mix?
Contract Law: Fulfilling the Reasonable Expectations of Honest Men
Judicial Review of Financial Institutions
Certainty and Justice: The Demands on the Law in a Changing Environment
The Impact of Regionalism: The End of the Common Law?
Construction of Commercial Contracts: Strict Law and Common Sense
The Law as the Handmaid of Commerce
Right to Privacy: The Impact of the Human Rights Act 1998
Information Technology: A Tool for Justice
The Role of the Judge in a Human Rights World
Written Constitutions and the Common Law Tradition
Legal Challenges in Our Brave New World
Upholding the Rule of Law: A Reflection
The Changing Role of an Independent Judiciary
Bias and Conflicts of Interests–Challenges for Today’s Decision-Makers
Would it have Made Any Difference? Cause and Effect in Commercial Law
Scandalising the Judiciary: Criticism of Judges and the Law of Contempt
The Limits of Law
Environmental Law in a Global Society
Is Judicial Review a Threat to Democracy?
The Supreme Court: Guardian of the Constitution?
The Rule of Law, the Executive & the Judiciary
Politics and the Judiciary
International Commerce: Mapping the Law in a Borderless World
Judicial Power and Constitutional Supremacy—Basic Features of Written Constitutions?