We record, with great sorrow, the passing of Lord David Trimble, an Honorary Patron of UK Lawyers for Israel, on 25 July 2022.
Lord David Trimble was instrumental in negotiations which led to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. That year he was also elected the First Minister of Northern Ireland as well as winning the Nobel Peace Prize along with John Hume. In 1990 he was elected MP for Upper Bann, a constituency he served until 2005, and was elected leader of the Ulster Unionist Party in 1995. He was made a life peer in 2006. He left the UUP to join the Conservative Party 2007. In 2010 he served on Israel’s Turkel Commission which concluded that Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza, and interception of the flotilla, were in accordance with international law. He received a first class honours in Law from Queen’s University of Belfast and qualified as a barrister in 1969.
Lord Trimble gave a talk for UKLFI Charitable Trust in June 2019 on his involvement in the Turkel Commission entitled “Mavi Marmara – Still Making Waves”. A video recording of the talk is available on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/YIAnYscnL5Y