Emeritus Professor A.W. Bradley, QC. Tony Death – Obituary, The Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law (ECCL)

By | December 23, 2021

The Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law (ECCL) is saddened to hear of the passing of Centre member, Emeritus Professor A.W. Bradley, QC. Tony was Professor of Constitutional Law for many years at Edinburgh before taking to practice at the London Bar. He was and will be known to many generations of students and practitioners, both in the UK and abroad, as a lucid and authoritative commentator on UK public law.

He was a colleague and friend to many members of the Centre, and he will, in particular, be remembered for his extraordinary collegiality towards his younger colleagues.

Tony began academic life as a junior colleague of Sir Ivor Jennings at Cambridge, and many decades later, he contributed to Centre members’ research projects on Jennings with enthusiasm and generosity. On his retirement, he offered his large collection of All England Reports to the University of Peradeniya, founded by Jennings as the University of Ceylon.

On Tony’s last visit to the School and Centre, he spoke to members and students about his involvement in major public law litigation of recent years, including the cases surrounding the Chagos Islands. Tony was an ardent European, but he never lost his affection for and interest in the Commonwealth. We are pleased that, in those pre-pandemic days, Tony’s last visit to us was also a convivial social occasion, of which we will hold cherished memories.

Tony was an ardent European, but he never lost his affection for and interest in the Commonwealth. We are pleased that, in those pre-pandemic days, Tony’s last visit to us was also a convivial social occasion, of which we will hold cherished memories.
Our thoughts are with Katharine and his family at this difficult time. ECCL will plan a celebration of Tony’s life and work at an appropriate time in the future.

On behalf of ECCL,
Asanga Welikala,
Director
@EdConLawCentre

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