University people recognised in 2017 New Year Honours list

30 Dec 2016

Distinguished members of the University of Cambridge have been named in the 2017 New Year Honours list, announced today. Professor Ottoline Leyser and Professor Shankar Balasubramanian and Professor John Pyle are among those who have been recognised for their contributions to society.

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'Is EU criminal law a threat to British justice?'

03 Dec 2013

In eurosceptic circles it is widely stated that European criminal justice threatens to undermine the basic values of the common law, and this is put forward as a reason why the UK should 'withdraw from the Europe'. This argument was recently put forward by Nigel Farage, of the UK Independence Party, in an article he wrote for The Independent. In this presentation Professor John Spencer subjects the argument to analysis.

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The Defects of Jury Trials

22 Feb 2013

In the light of the discharge of the jury in the trial of Vicky Pryce, questions have been asked about the value of the jury system. Professor John Spencer discusses the pitfalls of the system over the years and suggests ways in which the delivery of justice might be improved.

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Professor John Spencer

Householders who use violence against burglars

30 Oct 2012

At the 2012 Conservative Party conference, new Justice Secretary Chris Grayling announced plans to amend the criminal law to ensure that even householders who react in a way that may seem disproportionate in the cold light of day will be protected from prosecution.

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