Defensor legum auctoritas is
the Latin for ‘Defender of the rule of law’. The
Latin version was devised at FB’s request by his Balliol
friend Jasper Griffin, who was Public Orator and Professor of
Classical Literature in the University of Oxford 1992-2004. FB
is currently writing a book to be entitled The Rule of Law.
His successful private prosecution of Peter Hain was brought
in his self-appointed role as defender of that vital principle.