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The 2005 Annual Conference will take place at the University of Strathclyde, commencing in the afternoon of Tuesday 6 September and concluding Friday 9 September at 12.45pm. Rooms have been reserved in Glasgow city centre hotels, although there are also some rooms (without en suite facilities) in the student halls of residence on campus. All are within walking distance of the University. Conference sessions will take place in the Centre for Professional Legal Studies premises in the Lord Hope of Craighead building, Strathclyde University, which is 10 minutes walk from Glasgow’s main railway stations.
On Wednesday morning the first plenary session will commence with a welcome to the conference and the University by The Rt Hon the Lord Hope of Craighead followed by a presentation by Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss. Dame Butler-Sloss will then join a plenary panel session on Judicial Appointment Reforms. The other members of the panel include Sir Neil Macintosh, Chair, Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland, Ms Urmila Banerjee, from the Commission for Judicial Appointments and Dr Kate Malleson, LSE. In the afternoon, Professor Sir Neil Mc Cormick will present a plenary lecture - "Can Judges make Mistakes?". On Thursday morning Professor Richard Susskind will provide the final plenary lecture.
On Tuesday there will be a Civic Reception in the Gallery of Modern Art, followed by a free evening to explore the City.
The Wednesday and Thursday evening dinners have been designed to be an attractive feature of the Conference. Wednesday’s dinner will be a very special event with members being transported to Stirling Castle. The evening will include a Piper, traditional Scottish Menus, and a tour of the castle. The reception will be held in the Chapel Royal, before dinner is served in the Great Hall. The Rt Hon Lord Gill, Lord Justice Clerk, will provide the after-dinner speech.
A session on RAE2008 led by Professor Celia Wells, Chair of the Law Sub Panel, will be held at the Council Meeting on Thursday morning. Thursday’s dinner will be held at the magnificently restored Barony Hall, where music will be provided by a string quartet. This award-winning arena was a former church that has been sympathetically restored, to provide an extremely prestigious venue.