British Circuit Judge Rose to Deliver Lecture Oct. 23 on “Judaism and the Law Related to Terrorism”

The International Law Society, Jewish Law Society, and Criminal Law Society welcome the Hon. Jonathan Rose, Circuit Judge of Criminal and Family Law in Leeds, England, to Washington University School of Law. Rose will speak on “Judaism and the Law Related to Terrorism” on October 23 in the Trial Courtroom (AB Hall, No. 309). Pizza will be served. A coffee and dessert reception will follow in the Wright Jury Room (AB Hall, No. 311).

Adjunct Professor Steven Laiderman, LLM in Taxation ’88, has been instrumental in arranging for the judge’s visit, which will also include the judge addressing Professor Mae Quinn’s Criminal Justice Administration I class on October 22.

Rose practiced as a barrister from 1983–2008. He worked primarily in criminal and family law, for both the prosecution and the defense, specializing in cases involving sexual and violent crime and the defense of those with mental health disorders.

Among the numerous murder cases Rose handled as a barrister was that of a child named Lesley Molseed. In 1997 the case became the subject of a book, Innocents: How Justice Failed Stefan Kiszko and Lesley Molseed, which Rose co-wrote with Steve Panter and Trevor Wilkinson. The book examined a notorious miscarriage of justice in which an innocent man, Stefan Kiszko, served 16 years in prison for the murder of 11-year-old Lesley Molseed before being exonerated. Through the use of DNA evidence, another man, Ronald Castree, was subsequently convicted for the crime.

Rose also appeared for the defense in the landmark case of Dr. William Kerr, which considered the application of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights to an alleged offender adjudged mentally unfit to be tried.

In family law, Rose specialised in children’s cases, particularly “care cases,” in which local authorities seek to take over the care of children—wholly or partially—of parents alleged to be incapable of caring for them. Another notable case was that of Daniel Joyce, in which the evidence of a 4-year-old boy—said to be the youngest witness ever heard in an English Court—was admitted and secured a conviction regarding a serious assault upon him when he was 2 years old.

Rose served in a part-time judicial capacity between 1999 and 2008 when he was appointed to the Circuit Bench full time. In addition, Rose is a lecturer and serves as University, Schools and Youth Liaison Judge at Bradford, where he works to educate students about legal matters pertaining to crime and the community, especially drugs."