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UK Fellow, Law, elected in 1999

Professor John Bell FBA


About this Fellow

John Bell is a comparative lawyer who specialises in French and German laws. He is currently Professor of Law (1973) at the University of Cambridge. Previously he worked at the Universities of Oxford and Leeds. He is also a Deacon of the Diocese of East Anglia.



Current post

  • Professor of Law, University of Cambridge

Past Appointments

  • Fellow and Tutor in Law, Wadham College University of Oxford, 1979 - 1989
  • Professor of Public and Comparative Law, University of Leeds, 1989 - 2001
  • Professor of Law (1973), University of Cambridge, 2001
  • Professor of Law, University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge, 1989


Judiciaries in Europe 2005

Cross on statutory interpretation 2nd ed 1986

French constitutional law 1992

French legal cultures 2001

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Criminal justice; philosophy of criminal law; penal theory; the history of crime & punishment; security & counter-terrorism law & policy.

Professor David Garland

Social theory; the sociology of punishment and control; historical and comparative analysis of legal institutions; the history and sociology of welfare states; sociology of law; criminological theory

Professor John Langbein

English, European & American legal history; comparative law, with particular attention to modern German civil & criminal procedure; Anglo-American equity, trust, pension & employee benefit law.

Professor Neil Walker

The constitutional basis of transnational legal orders, with particular reference to the European Union; the impact of globalisation on law; the relationship between law & security.

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