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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. He is the Chair of the ALLEA Working Group on Horizon Europe and involved in the Academy's input to the funding of research in Europe. Professor Bell specialises in French and German laws, especially the law of obligations and public law. He has worked on the role of judiciaries (professional and lay) in western European countries



Current post

  • Professor of Law, University of Cambridge

Past Appointments

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


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