Lord Bingham, 76, dies of cancer

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Lord Bingham, one of the UK's most distinguished legal minds, died over the weekend aged 76. He had been suffering from cancer.

Lord Bingham held three of the top legal posts in the country: Master of the Rolls from 1992-1996, Lord Chief Justice from 1996-2000, and Senior Law Lord from 2000-2008. Professor Robert McCorquodale, director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, said: "He will be remembered as an exceptional man with a brilliant mind. He was witty and had an extraordinary legal career. He was also someone with insight, warmth and kindness."

He was regarded as a staunch defender of judicial independence which he saw as vital to the protection of human rights. The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, due to open next month, was set up to promote international law.

The son of two doctors, Thomas Bingham was educated at Sedbergh School, Cumbria, and read modern history at Balliol College, Oxford. He married Elizabeth Loxley in 1964 and they had two sons and one daughter.