Dr. Alan Milner, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Cayman Islands Law Reports, has been made an OBE in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
His award is for contribution to ‘good governance in Africa, the Overseas Territories and the Crown Dependencies.’
It remains a mystery, said Mr. Milner, as to who nominated him for the OBE award, but with the extensive amount of work he has done for and in numerous countries, it is apparent that it could be any number of people.
He founded The Cayman Islands Law Reports in 1985 and has continued to run them from his offices in Oxford, England since then.
He has served under five Chief Justices and five Attorneys-General. The 20th volume in the series is now being published (covering, in detail, cases back to the 1950s) and he is responsible for an online version of the Reports, which forms part of the Cayman Judicial-Legal website.
In 2003, he was made a member of the Bar of the Cayman Islands in recognition of his services to law in the islands. Guidance is given from Cayman by the Reports’ consulting editors, Ramon Alberga QC and Colin McKie of Maples & Calder.
Mr. Alberga has only positive things to say about Mr. Milner. ‘I am delighted he has been recognised; the work that he has done in law reporting in Cayman has been most beneficial to the development of our administration of justice here,’ said Mr. Alberga.
‘He has been very devoted to it, he has taken a personal interest in it and the production of the law reports are of a very, very high standard.’
Mr. Alberga also believes that Mr. Milner’s contribution to the law reports is part of the reason they are so widely used in the region.
‘They are being internationally recognised as well, and I think that he has done a fabulous job.’
Mr. Milner is married with four adult children and four grandchildren. His wife, Patricia Milner, was also honoured this year for her work in promoting Italian culture in the UK as secretary of The Oxford Italian Association. The Italian government made her a Cavaliere della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana as a sign of its appreciation for her work.
He was educated mainly in England but did graduate work at Yale Law School in the United States. He has spent his professional life mainly as a university law teacher but his interests within and outside the law are wide and varied.
In 1962, at the age of 26, he was appointed the founder Dean of the Law School in a new Nigerian university, charged with the task of creating a culture-sensitive teaching and research institution.
On leaving Nigeria in 1966, after experiencing firsthand the problems of finding case-law teaching materials for his new law school, he established a pan-African law reporting organisation which ultimately published nearly 100 volumes in 20 years, with assistance from the Ford Foundation.
In 1966 he was elected a Fellow and law tutor at Trinity College, Oxford, and took on the main responsibility for supervising law studies in the college. Since his early retirement in 1996, he has been an Emeritus Fellow of the college. He is the life president of the Trinity College Law Society.
Mr. Milner has continued to be a consultant in the law reporting field and his firm has set up and continues to run legal publishing services for Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies in the Caribbean (Cayman Islands) and Europe (Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, Gibraltar). He has also been a law reporting consultant to the commonwealth Secretariat in Africa and the Caribbean.
In 1990, he was appointed by the government of the Falkland Islands to be the Statute Law Revision Commissioner for the colony and produced the first new edition of their laws in more than 50 years.
For nearly 20 years, he was the chairman of the Oxford Prison Parole Committee and for 15 years the legal correspondent of a British travel industry newspaper and a business travel magazine.
Wine is his principal hobby, and he is an experienced writer and lecturer on the subject.