Jonathan Sumption, Lord Sumption

Jonathan Philip Chadwick Sumption, Lord Sumption, KC (born 9 December 1948), is a British author, medieval historian, and a former senior judge who sat on the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom between 2012 and 2018, and a Non-Permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal from 2019 to 2024.

Lord Sumption in 2013


  • Hong Kong, once a vibrant and politically diverse community is slowly becoming a totalitarian state. The rule of law is profoundly compromised in any area about which the government feels strongly... Intimidated or convinced by the darkening political mood, many judges have lost sight of their traditional role as defenders of the liberty of the subject, even when the law allows it