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John Lewis Memorial Lecture

The annual John Lewis Memorial Lecture is held as part of the LLM in Canon Law course.

Professor John Lewis, an associate of the Centre and professor at Windsor University Ontario, taught regularly from 1993 until his death in 1999.

The memorial lecturers have included: Professor Edward Gaffney (Valparaiso University School of Law), David Harte (Newcastle Law School), Frank Cranmer (then Principal Clerk, House of Commons), Revd Canon John Rees (Provincial Registrar Canterbury), Paul Colton (Bishop of Cork), Professor Richard Helmholz (University of Chicago) and Professor Pieter Coertzen ( University of Stellenbosch, South Africa).

The 2007 lecture was given by Professor Richard Helmholz and was entitled a ‘Brief History of Scandal in Ecclesiastical Law’ . Rhidian Jones gave the 2008 lecture, talking about the nature, content and challenges of writing a canon law dictionary. In 2009 Professor Pieter Coertzen gave a lecture entitled 'Freedom of Religion in South Africa'. The 2010 lecture was given by Father Gareth Jones, Catholic Chaplain to Cardiff University. Professor Noel Cox, Head of the Law and Criminology Department at Aberystwyth University, gave the 2011 lecture, speaking about the legal position of the Anglican Church in New Zealand and the challenges which the Church faces in its wider legal context.

Dr Alison Mawhinney (Bangor Law School) gave the 2012 John Lewis Memorial Lecture as part of the LLM in Canon Law course. The lecture looked at semiotics and the Lautsi case.

LLM in Canon Law Course Dinner 2012
Photograph taken at the LLM in Canon Law Course Dinner 2012.