At the end of July 2016 I launched my Facebook page. I know that some people have concerns about Facebook and that stand-alone blogs have a number of advantages. But I no longer have a weekly column on a general news website and this strikes me as a useful and convenient way of publishing my commenatries. I am happy to consider other suggestions.
On 11 January 2016 the lord chancellor announced that HM the Queen had approved my appointment as Queen's Counsel honoris causa. I was given my letters patent by Michael Gove at the QCs' ceremony in Westminster Hall on 22 February. The Ministry of Justice said:
Joshua Rozenberg is a non-practising solicitor. He has been recommended for his work as the pre-eminent legal analyst of modern times. He is an honorary bencher of Gray’s Inn, best known as a leading legal journalist and commentator. After taking a degree in law, he became the BBC’s first legal correspondent. He then joined the Daily Telegraph and is now a freelance writer and broadcaster, contributing to a range of outlets. He presents Law in Action on Radio 4 and his work includes four published books.
Roy Greenslade wrote it up for the Guardian, which celebrated by publishing its nicest picture of me.
The rank of Queen's Counsel has been awarded in various forms for around 400 years but honorary silks date only from the late 19th century.
The summer series of Law in Action started on 31 May 2016. We devoted the first programme to genocide and crimes against humanity. The programme was inspired by my review of a new book by Philippe Sands QC, East West Street, for Prospect magazine. We broadcast a special, live edition on 28 July, dedicated to Brexit.
The spring series of Law in Action started on 8 March 2016. On 29 March we devoted the entire programme to the "gay cake" case being heard in Northern Ireland.
On 13 October 2015 I delivered the opening keynote speech at a Council of Europe conference in Strasbourg on freedom of expression. My speaking note was published by the Council of Europe. I then moderated a lively discussion, which you should be able to watch online (starts 40 minutes in).
Catherine Baksi, who blogs as Legal Hackette, published an interview with me on 26 October 2015.
I spoke about media stereotypes and discrimination at a human rights conference in Helsinki on 10 December 2015. You can watch my presentation here, starting just over an hour from the start of the recording.
The November 2015 series of Law in Action covered cuts in legal aid; the poll tax for everyone convicted of a crime; doping in sport; and mothers behind bars.
The June 2015 series of Law in Action concluded with an exclusive interview given to me by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, about plans to sell off courts and buy computers. The plans were subsequently confirmed by the Ministry of Justice.
2015 was marked by a number of events to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.
I contributed a chapter to the book published by the British Library as part of its exhibition Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy. Some of my comments were recorded for a video presentation which you can see at the exhibition. There's a taster at the start of this promotional video.
You can read my chapter on Magna Carta in the Modern Age, view some of the British Library exhibits and watch the full video here. Law in Action broadcast from the British Library on 3 February 2015.
I presented the first edition of Law in Action on 14 October 1984. On 14 October 2014, Radio Four broadcast a special programme to mark the 30th anniversary. In it, Lady Hale, Lord Judge and Sir Keir Starmer QC discussed the most significant legal developments over the past 30 years. We took a vote at the recording, before an invited audience in Gray's Inn, with unexpected results.
During the autumn 2014 run, I conducted the first interview that Sir Mark Waller gave as intelligence services commissioner and the first interview that Jeremy Wright QC gave as attorney general.
I was on the judging panel for the Halsbury Legal Awards 2014 and 2015.
Nottingham Trent University awarded me an honorary LLD in July 2012 for what the dean of the law school described as my "highly significant contribution to the scrutiny and understanding of the law and the legal system". This was my second honorary degree; the first was from the University of Hertfordshire in 1999.
The University of Lincoln awarded me an honorary doctorate in law in September 2014. I was awarded my fourth honorary LLD by the University of Law in November 2014.
The October 2013 series of Law in Action began with a full-length and revealing interview with the then attorney general, Dominic Grieve QC MP. In the last programme of the series, on November 5, I interviewed the president of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, becoming the first journalist to do so since the creation of the court; it was set up in 2000 to hear complaints against MI5, MI6 and GCHQ. An extended version of my interview with Mr Justice Burton can be heard on the programme website.
I was invited by the European Commission to deliver an introductory speech at a major conference in Brussels in November 2013. It was aimed at "shaping justice policies in Europe for the years to come". The other introductory speakers were ministers of justice, past and present. You can read my remarks here and watch the video (with translations into other languages if you prefer).
I was gratified to find that I was the only journalist to be included in the Times Law 100 list of most inflential lawyers for 2012. It does not look as if the newspaper will be compiling another such list.
I started tweeting in January 2011 and now have nearly 40,000 followers. I use Twitter both to break stories and to alert readers to my work published elsewhere. Follow @JoshuaRozenberg
You can read my Guardian columns here. I write a column twice a month for the Law Society Gazette.
My valedictory column for the Daily Telegraph appeared on 1 January 2009. You can search online for material I wrote for the Telegraph from 2000 to 2008.
My book Privacy and the Press has been published in a Chinese translation by the China Legal Publishing House. The ISBN is 978-7-5093-3455-3 and you can buy it here. Note the list of chapter headings towards the bottom of the page: one was untranslatable.
My email and postal addresses can be found at the bottom right-hand corner of this page.
25 August 2016