Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill launches book on the Landmark Judgments of Justice Dato’ Seri Hishamudin Yunus

DYMM Yang Di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir will launch ‘Hishamudin Yunus: Celebrating Judicial Independence’

On 8 November 2018, a book titled Hishamudin Yunus: Celebrating Judicial Independence, an insight into Dato’ Seri Hishamudin Yunus’ legal mind, will be officially launched at the Hilton Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. This book is published in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary of the law firm, Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill (LHAG), where Dato’ Seri Hishamudin serves as a Consultant.

Duli Yang Maha Mulia Yang Di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir, has agreed to officially launch the book and provide a foreword to the book. The book launch will also be attended by Yang Amat Arif the Chief Justice of Malaysia, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, and Yang Berhormat Speaker of Dewan Rakyat, Dato’ Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.

Dato’ Seri Hishamudin retired in 2015 as a Judge of the Court of Appeal and stands out as one of the rarer judges who firmly subscribed to judicial independence, for which he paid a hefty price. He was not elevated to the Federal Court by the previous government despite being the most senior Court of Appeal Judge at the material time. His commitment to judicial independence stems from his appreciation for an effective check and balance mechanism to ensure that the Executive and the Legislature act within their constitutional limits and that they uphold the rule of law.

Today, the new Government has appointed Dato’ Seri Hishamudin to sit on the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC). Additionally, the Prime Minister has also appointed Dato’ Seri Hishamudin as the Chairman of the Malaysian Competition Commission (MyCC) and the Chairman of the Taskforce on Foreign Workers.

A culmination of 29 contributors namely 18 partners from LHAG including senior partners Datuk D P Naban, Dato’ Nitin Nadkarni and Mr Rosli Dahlan, and 11 external contributors such as Emeritus Prof. Datuk Dr. Shad Saleem Faruqi, Datuk V. Sithambaram, Mr Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan and Mr M. Puravalen, honour Dato’ Seri Hishamudin Yunus’ determination to uphold the law and record for posterity his fearless pursuit of justice. This book, which was edited by LHAG partner, Mr S. Saravana Kumar, discusses some of the landmark decisions of Dato’ Seri Hishamudin who has written more than 700 judgments during his 23 years on the bench.

Dato’ Seri Mohd Hishamudin Yunus pursued his undergraduate and postgraduate education in law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is a Barrister-at-Law of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. He commenced his legal profession at the Malaysian Judicial and Legal Service where he served in various capacities including as the President of the Sessions Court, Deputy Public Prosecutor, State Legal Advisor, Deputy Parliamentary Draftsman and Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court. In 1992, he was appointed as a Judicial Commissioner and in 1994, as a High Court Judge. 15 years later, he was elevated to the Court of Appeal.

Originally published in October 2018 on the Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill website by Dato’ Seri Hishamudin Yunus.

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