Danny Friedman QC gave this lecture last night focusing on the role of history, humanity and dignity as ideas that can influence the continuing evolution of the common law. Dan Squires QC acted as Chair. The annual lecture honours Baha Mousa, who died as a result of UK army torture in Basra in 2003. His death was pivotal both to the Al Skeini litigation, the establishment of the Baha Mousa inquiry, and other public law and civil proceedings that have arisen from the Iraq war. Matrix barristers involved in this work have included Edward Craven, Anita Davies, Danny Friedman QC, Richard Hermer QC, Raza Husain QC, Tamara Jaber, Jessica Jones, Phillippa Kaufmann QC, Helen Law, Eloise Le Santo, Rachel Logan, Jessica Simor QC, Sir Rabinder Singh QC (before he went to the Bench) and Dan Squires QC. They have been instructed by Public Interest Lawyers, Leigh Day and Hodge Jones & Allen.