Thomas Bingham, Baron Bingham of Cornhill

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Thomas Bingham, Baron Bingham of Cornhill

Thomas Henry Bingham, Baron Bingham of Cornhill, KG PC QC FBA (13 October 1933 – 11 September 2010), was a British judge and jurist.


  • The hallmarks of a regime which flouts the rule of law are, alas, all too familiar: the midnight knock on the door, the sudden disappearance, the show trial, the subjection of prisoners to genetic experiment, the confession extracted by torture, the gulag and the concentration camp, the gas chamber, the practice of genocide or ethnic clansing, the waging of aggressive war. The list is endless, Better to put up with some choleric judges and greedy lawyers.
    • The Rule of Law (2010), Ch. 1 : The Importance of the Rule of Law
  • In a world divided by differences of nationality, race, colour, religion and wealth [the Rule of Law] is one of the greatest unifying factors, perhaps the greatest, the nearest we are likely to approach to a universal secular religion. It remains an ideal, but an ideal worth striving for, in the interests of good government and peace, at home and in the world at large.
    • The Rule of Law (2010), Epilogue

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