On 20 October, The Hague Institute welcomed Baroness Patricia Scotland QC to give a lecture on Pursuing and Applying Justice in a Globalized World as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. Based on her extensive experience as a senior Cabinet Minister and a leading global legal practitioner, Baroness Patricia Scotland QC made the case that working together to build resilience into legal systems can be an example of the power of the Commonwealth to support the effective economic and societal development of its member states.
Born in Dominica, Patricia Scotland followed the path of many from the Caribbean when her family moved to the UK when she was a young child. She went on to become the first female Attorney General in the post’s 700 year history, following appointments within the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Home Office.
Patricia Scotland has achieved a number of extraordinary firsts: In 1991, at the age of thirty five, she became the first black and youngest woman ever to be appointed Queen’s Counsel. She was the first black woman to be appointed Deputy High Court Judge, Recorder, Master of Middle Temple and Lord’s Minister.
As a child of the Caribbean, Patricia Scotland has always had a close relationship with her home region, including as a member of the Bar in Antigua and Dominica and as patron of Trinidad’s Lifeline charity. Her contribution to the region was recognised with Caribbean World Award in 2008, having worked closely with a number of countries on a range of issues both before and since the award.
Patricia Scotland is a founding patron of the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence, and after leaving government in 2010, she founded the Eliminate Domestic Violence Global Foundation. She currently serves as a trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. Recognised globally as a leading legal practitioner, she has advised a number of governments around the world on how to entrench the rule of law and build robust criminal justice systems.
Patricia Scotland’s lecture is part of the Institute’s ongoing Distinguished Speaker Series. The series invites prominent experts and practitioners in international affairs to discuss topics and issues related to global governance, the rule of law and conflict prevention.