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Graham Zellick KC

Emeritus Professor of Law & Former Vice-Chancellor
University of London


Professor Graham Zellick CBE KC FAcSS is a former Professor of Public Law, Vice-Chancellor, quango chair and tribunal judge and president.



Areas of expertise

  • Law
  • Human rights
  • Criminal justice
  • Justice system
  • Public law
  • Miscarriages of justice
  • Constitutional law
  • Regulation of the security services


Professor Graham Zellick read law at Cambridge (MA, PhD) and was then a fellow at Stanford Law School in California. For the first 20 years of his career, he was an academic lawyer at Queen Mary College (now Queen Mary University of London) where he became Professor of Public Law, Drapers' Professor of Law, Head of Department and Dean of Laws. He was also Editor of Public Law and the founding editor of European Human Rights Reports. He was then appointed Principal of what by then had become Queen Mary & Westfield College and after 8 years was appointed Vice-Chancellor & President of the University of London. He has been a visiting scholar in Oxford, a visiting professor in Toronto, an honorary professor in Birmingham, and was NZ Law Foundation Distinguishing Visiting Fellow. During his time as a university head, he held a number of part-time public and judicial appointments, notably as one of the first group of Electoral Commissioners. On leaving the University of London, he served for 5 years as Chairman of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (the body that deals with possible miscarriages of justice) and then began a judicial career as the first President of the Valuation Tribunal for England and then for 10 years as a judge of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (which hears cases concerning the use of covert powers by public bodies and the police and human rights actions against the security services).

Graham is a barrister, senior master of the bench and former Reader of the Middle Temple and an Honorary Fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. He has numerous honorary degrees and fellowships, including an LLD from Birmingham, a DLit from London and an LHD from NYU. He is a Past Master of the Drapers' Company, one of the Great XII Livery Companies of the City of London. Graham has extensive public speaking, lecturing and media experience.

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