Sir John Baker: Neill Lecture Oxford
For many years now Sir John Baker has been the doyen of English legal history. If one takes into account his slightly older colleagues, Brian Simpson, Toby Milsom, and, in ecclesiastical law, Dick Helmholz, and his younger colleagues such as John Hudson, Michael Lobban and Robert Palmer (without slighting others) the past few decades have been a rich and fertile period in English legal history. It is no wonder that it has proved a ripe time to produce the multi-volume Oxford History of the Laws of England, harvesting the wealth of recent scholarship and experience.
Sir John has now retired from the Downing Chair at Cambridge. But his energy is not being dissipated. It is worth noting that on 24 February 2012 he will give the Neill Lecture at All Souls College, Oxford, on the intriguing topic of "The Legal History Nobody Knows". It promises to be a great event. It is an interesting title for a man who turned the “dark age” of English legal history into glorious light.