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Sir Peter North

Formerly Principal of Jesus College, Oxford
Sir Peter North studied law at Oxford University and then spent 15 years teaching law mainly in Oxford. He was a Law Commissioner from 1976-84. His particular areas of activity were private international law, contract, tort, and a range of negotiations within the EEC on behalf of the UK Government. He then returned to the academic world, and from 1984 to 2005, he was the Principal of Jesus College, Oxford and from 1993-7 he was Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. At the same time, he provided advice to the Government on a range of topics, most notably chairing enquiries into the whole area of road traffic law and its policing, and the difficult problems of parades and marches in Northern Ireland. In addition he chaired a major Commission of Inquiry into the whole working of Oxford University. He was also Chairman of a UK regulatory body in the telecommunications industry and Chairman of the UK Government’s Standing Advisory Committee on Private International Law. In 2009-10 he conducted a Review of Drink and Drug Driving Law in Great Britain; and from 2004-2012 he was a member of the Senior Salaries Review Body. He has 5 honorary degrees and 5 honorary fellowships and is a Member of the Institut de Droit International, an honorary Queen’s Counsel, appointed CBE in 1989 and received a knighthood in 1998.
Past appointments
  • Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford, 1993 - 1997
  • Principal, Jesus College University of Oxford, 1984 -
  • formerly Principal of Jesus College, Oxford, Jesus College University of Oxford, 1997 -

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