The 2023 edition of the Sir Mota Singh Memorial Lecture featured a conversation between Anita Anand and Lord Justice Singh about the importance of remembering the history of the British Empire as part of our shared history. Their conversation was followed by an audience Q&A.
Anita Anand is the presenter of Any Answers, the Reith Lectures, PM, and various documentaries on BBC Radio 4, as well as co-host of the podcast Empire. She has also presented The Daily Politics, The Heaven and Earth Show, The Sunday Politics and Newsnight, on BBC Television and Drive and The Anita Anand Show on BBC Five Live. She is the author of ‘Sophia, princess, suffragette, revolutionary’. Published by Bloomsbury 2015; ‘Kohinoor’ published by Bloomsbury 2017; ‘Udham Singh – The Patient Assassin’, published by Simon and Schuster 2019 – for which she won the Pen Hessel-Tiltman award for History book of The Year. She lives in London with her husband and two sons.
Sir Rabinder Singh is a Lord Justice of Appeal and President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. Born in Delhi in 1964, he came to this country as a young child, grew up in a working-class neighbourhood of Bristol and attended Bristol Grammar School. He was the first lawyer in his family and the first person of Asian heritage to be made a High Court judge. After graduating in Law from Trinity College Cambridge, he spent a year as a Harkness Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley where he became interested in constitutional law. After a brief spell as a lecturer at the University of Nottingham, he was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1989 and did his pupillage at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. He practised at the Bar from 1990 to 2011, acting both for and against the Government. In 2000, he was one of a group of barristers who founded Matrix Chambers, forging a name for himself as a human rights lawyer, and in 2002 he became a QC. He was appointed a deputy High Court judge in 2003, aged 39, and in 2004 he became a Recorder of the Crown Court. In 2011 he was appointed as a judge of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court. He was a Presiding Judge of the Southeastern Circuit from 2013 to 2017. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2017. His publications include The Unity of Law (2022), a collection of his essays and lectures. He was elected a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn in 2009.