- Princess Diana and her son, Prince William, also among the students.
- Gray’s Inn, Lincoln’s Inn and Inner Temple are three more Inns of Court.
- The first home minister and deputy prime minister of India, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, also an alumnus
LAHORE: Qazi Faez Isa, the 29th Chief Justice of Pakistan, is a distinguished alumnus of London’s renowned Middle Temple, one of the four prestigious British Inns of Court with exclusive authority to admit members of the English Bar as lawyers.
The trio of complementary inns includes Gray’s Inn, Lincoln’s Inn and Inner Temple.
Over the past few centuries, numerous eminent individuals who would later ascend to roles as global statesmen, prime ministers, presidents, chief judges, monarchs, chief ministers, governors, mayors and other eminent individuals continued their legal education at the esteemed Middle Temple.
Some of the names include King Edward VII; King Edward VIII; Princess of Wales Lady Diana; Duke of Cambridge, Prince William; former British prime ministers John Major, Boris Johnson and David Cameron; Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew and his wife Kwa Choo; British Supreme Court judges Simon Brown, Anthony Clarke and Mark Saville; Judge of the High Court of Ireland, Sir Donnell Deeny; the Indian viceroy Rufus Daniel Isaacs; the eminent British legislator Geoffrey Howe, the former chief justices of England and Wales, Igor Judge, Alfred Lawrence and Sir Nicholas Hyde; the British Chief Justice Nicholas Phillips, the Chief Minister of West Bengal Jyoti Basu, the Lieutenant Governor of Bengal Sir Andrew Fraser, the Lord Chancellor of Ireland Sir Anthony Hart, the Chief Justice of the United States John Rutledge; the former mayor of London, Sir Peter Estlin; and the first home minister and deputy prime minister of India, Sardar Vallabhai Patel.
Other distinguished names include the first president of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, Andrew Li; Hong Kong Final Appeal Judge Kemal Bokhary; former Thai Prime Ministers Sanya Dharmasakti, Pote Sarasin and Phraya Manopakorn; former chief justice of the Allahabad High Court, Sir John Edge; former Trinidad and Tobago Supreme Court Justice Andre Mon Desir; the president of the National Assembly of Mauritius, Alan Ganoo; first Indian governor of Bombay, Raja Maharaj Singh; the first Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Sir Lynden Pindling; the president of the African National Congress, Pixley Seme; the second Prime Minister of Ceylon, Dudley Senanayake; and former Indian Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.
Apart from the Middle Temple, the other three Inns of Court such as Gray’s Inn, Lincoln’s Inn and Inner Temple have also produced and produced some magnificent Pakistani personalities like Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Iqbal, former Prime Minister and President of Pakistan. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, former Pakistani President Wasim Sajjad, Supreme Court of Pakistan Justice Dorab Patel, former Chief Justice of Lahore High Court and son of Allama Iqbal, Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal, and celebrated jurist and Pakistani politician Aitzaz Ahsan.
Other notable names include Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, British Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, former Indian President Shankar Dayal Sharma, Indian Defense Ministers Krishna Menon and Bhimrao Ambedkar, former Indian Law Minister and head of the committee that drafted the Indian Constitution.