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    Professor John Spencer CBE

    01223 762283
    Murray Edwards College
    New Hall
    University of Cambridge
    CB3 0DF

    Bye Fellow in Law


    Bye fellow

    Degrees and honours

    • CBE
    • QC (hon),
    • LLD (Cantab),
    • and docteur en droit (Poitiers).

    Research interests

    • criminal law,
    • criminal procedure and criminal evidence,
    • vulnerable witnesses – children’s evidence,
    • comparative law,
    • and criminal justice in Europe.


    Teaching career

    • (Oct-Dec): Director of Research, University of Cambridge.
    • 1995-2013: Professor, Law Faculty, University of Cambridge.
    • 1991-95: Reader in Common Law, University of Cambridge.
    • 1973-91: Assistant Lecturer, then Lecturer, Law Faculty, University of Cambridge.
    • 1970-present: Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge.
    • 1969-70:Assistant Professor, Faculty of Commerce, University of British Columbia.

    Academic activities in Cambridge

    • 2014-15: Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
    • 2001-05: member of the University of Cambridge Board of Scrutiny; Chairman 2002-3 and 2004-5.
    • 2004-05: Director of the Law Faculty’s LLM Programme.
    • 2000-02: Acting Director of the Faculty's Centre for European Legal Studies (CELS); Co-Director, 2009 – 2013.
    • 1995-97: Chairman, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge
    • 1978-1980: Faculty Secretary.
    • 1974-1995: Director of Studies in Law at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge.


    Professor Spencer's full list of publications can be found on the Faculty of Law's website.