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cff1000@cam.ac.uk

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Room: F14

Tel: (01223) 330065

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Tel: (01223) 339100

Fax: (01223) 351794

B.Sc., LL.B. (Natal), LL.B., Ph.D. (Cantab.); Barrister (Inner Temple);
Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law

Interests

Public law: judicial review; the judiciary. Private international law: theory and comparative studies. Roman-Dutch law: especially suretyship and private international law.  Civil Liberties.

CV / Biography

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Professor Christopher Forsyth is Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law in the University of Cambridge and Honorary Professor of Law in the University of Stellenbosch.  He is an Honorary Member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Law of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is an Academic Bencher of the Inner Temple and a barrister (practising from 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square).

He is the author with the late Sir William Wade QC of Administrative Law (OUP, 11th ed, 2014) a standard work relied on and regularly cited as authoritative by students, scholars and judges across the common law world.

He is also the author of  Private International Law (Juta & Co, 5th ed, 2012), an authoritative  standard textbook on the Roman‑Dutch conflict of laws for students and practitioners; it is regularly relied upon by the courts in Roman-Dutch jurisdictions across Southern Africa.

Professor Forsyth has been and is involved in working with or advising governments over constitutional developments (including judicial review)  in several (mostly Commonwealth) countries.  He has also been involved in training civil servants in good decision-making in several jurisdictions. (For instance, on behalf of HMG he taught “Administrative Law and the Civil Service” on three courses held at the Civil Service College to train civil servants for the reformed South Africa.) 

He has given invited evidence to many Law Commissions and Select Committee in several jurisdictions.  Most noteworthy was his employment by the Government of Malawi as Technical Adviser on Constitutional Reform to the Law Commission of Malawi during July and September 1998. This involved inter alia drafting the Constitutional Report of the Law Commission and the drafting two Constitutional Amendment Bills. 

Professor Forsyth is also a part-time judge, sitting as a Recorder in the Crown Court and as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Administrative Court.

He is the author of many books and articles (about 100) some of which are listed below.

Publications

 

Books

"Human Rights: The Cape Town Conference Proceedings pf the First International Conference on Human Rights in South Africa 22-26 January 1979" (Juta and Co) (Ed)

Co-Author/s:
J E Schiller
Published:
Mar 2016
Publisher:
Juta and Co
ISBN:
0 7021 1918 3

"Caney's The Law of Suretyship in South Africa" (Juta & Co) 6th Edition (Ed)

Co-Author/s:
J T Pretorius
Published:
Mar 2016
Publisher:
Juta & Co
ISBN 13:
978-0 7021 8456 7

"Conflict of Laws Textbook" (Holbourn Law Tutors) 5th Edition (Ed)

Published:
Mar 2016
Publisher:
Holbourn Law Tutors
ISBN:
0 7510 0274 7

"In Danger for their Talents: A study of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of South African from 1950-80" (Juta & Co) (Ed)

Published:
Mar 2016
Publisher:
Juta & Co
ISBN:
0 7021 1608 4

"Private International Law" (Juta) 5th Edition

Published:
Mar 2012
Publisher:
Juta
ISBN 13:
9780702194221

"The Culture of Judicial Independence" (Brill) (Ed)

Co-Author/s:
Shimon Shereet
Published:
Dec 2011
Publisher:
Brill
ISBN 13:
9789004188334

"Effective Judicial Review (A Cornerstone of Good Governance)" (OUP) (Ed)

Co-Author/s:
Mark Elliott, Swati Jhaveri, Michael Ramsden, Anne Scully Hill
Published:
Mar 2010
Publisher:
OUP
ISBN:
0199581053
ISBN 13:
978-0199581054

"Administrative Law" (OUP) 11th Edition (Ed)

Co-Author/s:
Sir William Wade
Published:
Jun 2009
Publisher:
OUP
ISBN:
0199219737
ISBN 13:
978-0199219735

"Judicial Review and the Constitution" (Hart Publishing) (Ed)

Published:
May 2000
Publisher:
Hart Publishing
ISBN:
1841131059
ISBN 13:
9781841131054

"The Golden Metwand and the Crooked Cord (Essays in Honour of Sir William Wade QC)" (OUP) (Ed)

Co-Author/s:
Ivan Hare
Published:
Feb 1998
Publisher:
OUP
ISBN:
0198264690
ISBN 13:
978-0198264699