British Academy Law Lecture, delivered by Professor Jeremy Waldron FBA, on 1 February 2011 (venue: The British Academy). The rule of law is sometimes associated with the precision and determinacy of legal rules, and the predictability of the environment that they provide. But it is important also to think about the various ways in which law helps to make us more thoughtful and reflective, governing us through standards and principles rather than through the robotic precision of rules. Whether in private law (with standards of reasonable care), or in human rights law (with norms prohibiting inhuman and degrading treatment), law sometimes invites its subjects to make thoughtful judgments about their behaviour or about the situations that they face, structuring and channelling those judgments in various ways.
In November 2011, the British Academy hosted an event to celebrate the 400th anniversary
of the King James Bible. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams FBA, considered
the role that the King James Bible still plays in providing us with a sense of sacred English.