Baroness Hale: Bar-ilan University issue honorary doctorate to first woman president of Supreme Court

The Baroness Hale of Richmond has received an honorary doctorate recognising her work as the first female president of the Supreme Court.

Saturday, 29th May 2021, 4:45 pm
From left to right: David Gradel, Board member of Bar-Ilan University, Baroness Hale, Dr David Dangoor, Sir Bernard Rix, Romie Tager QC of London and Shlomo Rechtschaffen, Executive Director Bar-Ilan UK.

Baroness Brenda Marjorie Hale was born in Leeds and moved to Richmond in North Yorkshire when she was three-years-old.

She read law at Cambridge, one of only six women in her class, before beginning her law career, rising through the ranks to become President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom from 2017 until her retirement in 2020.

On Monday, May 24, she was awarded an honorary doctorate in Philosophy from the Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

The University said she has been honoured for her dedication to the protection of democracy and for her “outstanding efforts” on behalf of women and minorities.

Bar-Ilan, Executive Director, Shlomo Rechtschaffen said: “She has devoted her life to the justice system and fighting for equality. The honour is well deserved”.”

“We at Bar Ilan University congratulate Baroness Hale on her receiving the honorary doctorate”.

Recently, the Baroness delivered a keynote on Legal Dilemmas in Religious Feminism for a conference hosted by Bar-Ilan University’s Rackman Centre, which researches the Advancement of the Status of Women.

On receiving the Honorary Doctorate, Baroness Hale said: “I am bowled over by the honour which Bar-Ilan has bestowed upon me – it was a big surprise but that makes it an even bigger honour”.

Eight people were globally honoured Doctorate Degrees in 2021 by Bar-Ilan University.

The Right Honourable Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE still serves as a member of the House of Lords as a Lord Temporal.