Sir Richard Plender was a leading authority on immigration law and citizenship law. His first book, International Migration Law (2nd edn, Martinus Nijhoff, 1988) and his last (edited) work, Issues in International Migration Law (Brill, Nijhoff, 2015) stand as major contributions to the field. His article, ‘An Incipient Form of European Citizenship’ in Francis Jacobs (ed.), European Law and the Individual (North Holland, 1976) brought the concept of European Citizen into academic discourse; the title being taken from a contribution by then Commission Vice-President, Lionello Levi-Sandri , celebrating the adoption in 1968 of the major package of measures to facilitate the free movement of workers within the (then) European Economic Community (Bull. EC 11-1968, p. 5 at 11). After his retirement from the High Court Bench, he spent a most successful period as Visiting Professor at the University of Groningen. Earlier in his career, he had been a Reader at King’s College, London. He was a Cambridge LL.D and he was also a Senior Member of Robinson College, Cambridge. Sir Richard, a Bencher of Inner Temple, died on 23 May 2020, after a long and debilitating illness.

A Conference in his honour has been organised by Professors Laurence Gormley and Dimitry Kochenov, supported by the Foundation for European and Economic Law. It will tackle major issues in International Migration law and Citizenship law, for practitioners, academics, and students, and will be held at Inner Temple on Friday 25 November, 2022.

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