Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell KCMG QC

Jeffrey Jowell

The Director

Jeffrey Jowell is the inaugural Director of the new Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, in London. He is also a practising barrister at Blackstone Chambers. He is Emeritus Professor of Public Law at University College London (where he was twice Dean of the Law Faculty and a Vice Provost). He was knighted (KCMG) in the Queen's Honours List 2011 "for services to human rights, democracy and the rule of law".

Educated at the Universities of Cape Town, Oxford and Harvard, he is one of the UK's leading public law scholars, and has authored numerous publications in the area of constitutional and administrative law including, with Lord Woolf, the former Chief Justice of England and Wales, the classic text, de Smith's Judicial Review (sixth edition, 2007) and, with Professor Dawn Oliver, The Changing Constitution (7th ed.2011).

He has been a visiting professor in a number of leading universities and has been awarded honorary degrees from the Universities of Cape Town, Ritsumeikan, UCL, Athens and the University of Paris 2. He is an Honorary Queen's Counsel and Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple.

He has acted as constitutional advisor to a number of Commonwealth countries. From 2000 - 2011 he served as the UK's member on the Council of Europe's Commission for Democracy through Law ( known as the 'Venice Commission') where he assisted with the constitutions and public law of a number of Europe's new democracies, including Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia.

He has been a Non-Executive Director of the Office of Rail Regulation; Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, Chair of the Council of the Institute for Philanthropy, Chair of the British Waterways Ombudsman Committee and Trustee of a number of charities in the UK and abroad.