Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law & Saarland University
Luxembourg, 1 February 2018
It is a real pleasure to have been invited to give the keynote address today. Open justice is central to our justice systems. It is more than that. It is, through our courts and justice systems, of fundamental importance to democratic government. If I can borrow from Woodrow Wilson, our courts are the ‘balance-wheel’ of our constitutions. They are ‘the ultimate safeguard alike of individual privilege and of governmental prerogative.’ They maintain ‘political liberty’, and the rule of law. Without effective open justice they would not be able to be so.