A packed audience which included island advocates has been given an insight into the rule of law throughout the Commonwealth countries.

It came from Santhaan Krishnan, a former president of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association.

Speaking without the aid of notes Mr Krishnan discussed the many jurisdictions of the Commonwealth he has visited during his two-year term in office as president and as vice-president before that.

He explained in detail the difficulties and issues throughout the Commonwealth surrounding the rule of law and how each jurisdiction meets such challenges.

Mr Krishnan was chosen to deliver this year’s Caroline Weatherill Memorial Lecture, organised by the Isle of Man Law Society.

It was well received by a packed Manx Museum lecture theatre.

Tim Swift, president of the Isle of Man Law Society, paid tribute to Caroline Weatherill who tragically died at an early age in 2006, leaving husband Lawrence, a practising advocate, and four children.

He said she had been a credit to the legal profession and is fondly remembered by all who knew her.

The annual lecture was established in 2006 in honour of Caroline, with many esteemed speakers attending during that time.

In fact the previous speaker was Lady Hale, President of the Supreme Court. She hit the headlines last month when she made the bombshell ruling that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend the UK parliament was unlawful.

The latest speaker Santhaan Krishnan was enrolled as an advocate in 1988 and practised law in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh at Hyderabad before relocating to Delhi in 1992 to practise law before the Supreme Court of India.

He has always been a keen advocate of the rule of law and was a member of the Organisation for Protection of Democratic Rights. He met the Lieutenant Governor, members of the island judiciary, advocates and members of the public before presenting his lecture. The evening ended with a vote of thanks from the Isle of Man Law Society president Mr Swift who presented Mr Krishnan with a set of cufflinks of a design specially commissioned by the Law Society.