Distinguished International Members

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi studied law and was Called to the Bar by The Inner Temple in the 1880s. Today our international alumni includes current and former Supreme Court justices in the United States, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, New Zealand and the Caribbean.  They are the inspiration for the students who join the Inn every year and where they are taught the highest ethical standards upon which the Rule of Law relies.

A list of some of our current and former overseas members is as follows:


HB - Honorary Bencher


OB – Overseas Bencher


AE – Ad Eundem member [Inn of Call]


The Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG – Justice of the High Court of Australia; UN Enquiry into Human Rights, North Korea (HB)


His Excellency Sir Elliott Belgrave GCMG KA CHB QC – Former Governor-General of Barbados (OB)


His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan – King of Bhutan (HB)

Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye – Former Chief Justice of Bhutan (HB)


Dr Colin Ong QC - member of the Brunei, English and Singapore Bars (OB)


Timothy Le Cocq QC – Deputy Bailiff of Jersey (OB)


The Hon Mr Justice Butler – Puisne Judge, Supreme Court of Gibraltar (OB)

The Hon Sir Peter Caruana KCMG QC – former Chief Minister of Gibraltar (OB)

The Hon Reginald Rhoda CBE – Former Attorney General in Gibraltar (OB)


Nigel Aiken QC SC – Barrister, Temple Chambers (OB)

The Hon Mr Justice Patrick Chan – Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong (HB)

The Hon Mr Justice Russell Coleman – Judge of the Court of First Instance of the High Court in Hong Kong (OB)

Dr Anselmo Reyes – former High Court judge and current judge of the International Court of Singapore

The Hon Mr Justice Ribeiro – Permanent judges for the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong (HB)


Adarsh Sein Anand – Former Chief Justice of India (HB)

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi – architect of Indian independence

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru – First Prime Minister of India


Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam GCSK FRCP – Former Prime Minister (OB)


The Honourable Tan Sri Dato' James Foong Cheng Yuen – former Judge of the Federal Court of Malaysia (OB)

Datuk Sulong Matjeraie – former Judge of the Federal Court of Malaysia (OB)

Tunku Abdul Rahman

Tuanku Abdul Rahman


The Honourable Justice Iain Morley – High Court Judge in Antigua, Barbuda and Montserrat, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (OB)


The Honourable Justice McGrath – Former Justice of Supreme Court of New Zealand (HB)


The Hon Justice Salihu Moddibo Alfa Belgore – Former Chief Justice of Nigeria (OB)


The Rt Hon Sir John MacDermott – Former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland (HB)


The Hon Mr Justice Nasir-Ul-Mulk – Former Chief Justice of Pakistan and former Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan (OB)

Mohammad Ali Jinnah – Founder of Pakistan (AE [Lincoln’s Inn])


Justice Sundaresh Menon – Chief Justice of Singapore (HB)

Chief Justice Yong Pung How – Former Chief Justice of Singapore (HB)

Lawrence Teh – Partner at Dentons Rodyk LLP and Chair, Singapore Inner Temple Association (OB)

Justice George Wei – Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Singapore (OB)


Justice Richard Goldstone – Former South African judge (HB)

Sir Sydney Lipworth QC – Former Chair of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, South African lawyer (HB)


The Rt Hon the Lord Cullen of Whitekirk KT – Judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland (HB)

The Rt Hon Lady Dorrian – Lord Justice Clerk (OB)

The Rt Hon Lord Hamilton – Judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland, former Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session (HB)

The Rt Hon Lord Menzies – Judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland (HB)


Philip Punwar – Barrister, Baker Botts LLP, Dubai (OB)


The Honourable Justice Stephen Breyer – Justice of the US Supreme Court (HB)

Judge Martin Feldman – Judge on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (HB)

Kay Firth-Butterfield – Specialist on artificial intelligence and co-founder of AI-Austin, AI-Global and the Consortium for Law and Policy of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (OB)

The Honourable Justice Anthony Kennedy – Former Justice of the US Supreme Court (HB)

Judge Richard Posner – Judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago (HB)


Sir Michael Arthur KCMG – President of Boeing Europe and Managing Director UK and Ireland; former British High Commissioner in India and Ambassador to Germany (HB)

The Hon Sir David Baragwanath KNZM QC – Former President of the United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon

The Rt Hon Lord Bonomy LLD – Former Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (HB)

The Rt Hon Sir Dennis Byron – President of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, former President of the Caribbean Court of Justice, former President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), and former Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (OB)

M Jean-Paul Costa – Former President of the European Court of Human Rights (HB)

His Excellency Judge Kenneth Keith ONZ KBE – International Court of Justice (New Zealand) (HB)

Judge Koen Lenaerts – President of the European Court of Justice (HB)

Sir Paul John Mahoney KCMG – former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights and the first President of European Union Civil Service Tribunal (OB)

Professor Dr Jürgen Schwarze – Former Professor at the European University Institute in Florence (HB)

M Luzius Wildhaber – First President of the European Court of Human Rights (1998-2007) (HB)