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The glory of the Hamlyn law lectures

How a little-known benefactor established an academic series of immeasurable value

By Conor Gearty  

Eleanor Sharpston, former Advocate General European Court of Justice and the 2020 Hamlyn lecturer. Photo: Middle Temple

Emma Warburton Hamlyn was born on Guy Fawkes Day 1860 in Torquay. Her father was a law clerk and after a while started work as a solicitor, a successful one of sorts, becoming a commissioner for oaths, doing a little bit of work from time to time for the province of Nova Scotia, and eventually making it onto the magistrates’ bench. Emma was an only child, with her mother mainly at home but helping…

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