JISPIL Vol 5 Issue 1 2009 - A1

Equality Before the Law


Speech by Lord Phillips, Lord Chief Justice

East London Muslim Centre, 3rd July 2008



In 1903 two young immigrants arrived in England. They were Sephardic Jews and had eloped to this country from Alexandria because they understood that England was a country in which they would enjoy freedom. Not merely freedom from their families, who did not approve of their marriage, but freedom under the law from all forms of discrimination. They believed that England was a country where all were treated equally, regardless of their colour, race, religion or gender. They were my maternal grandparents, and to a large extent they were correct.

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