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Prof Ian Dennis
4-8 Endsleigh Gardens
Tel: 02076791431
  • Principal Teaching Fellow
  • Faculty of Laws

Ian Dennis is Emeritus Professor of English Law and Director of the Centre for Criminal Law at UCL. He took his undergraduate Law Degree at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 1970 with First Class Honours in the Law Tripos. He then qualified as a barrister and was called to the Bar at Gray's Inn in 1971. After completing pupillage he accepted an offer of a lectureship at UCL in 1974. He was promoted to Reader in English Law in 1982 and to a Chair of English Law in 1987 which he held until 2013. He took his PhD in 1998 under the Special Regulations of the University of Cambridge. He was Head of the Department of Laws at UCL from 2002-07 and has held numerous other administrative offices. He was Editor of the Criminal Law Review from 1999-2011. In 2009 he founded the Centre of Criminal Law at UCL to promote teaching, research and public engagement in criminal law and related subjects. He holds a door tenancy at Thomas Bingham Chambers in London and is a consultant to the Law Commission on criminal law matters. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney. In 2014 he was awarded the degree of LLD by the University of Cambridge.

Research Summary

Ian Dennis has research interests in criminal law and related subjects, including criminal process and the law of evidence. His extensive writings in this area include a Report to the Law Commission on Codification of the Criminal Law (with JC Smith and EJ Griew), some forty articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, and a a leading textbook, The Law of Evidence (now in its fifth edition). Recent work includes analyses of a defendant's right to confront witnesses in criminal proceedings, a study of the impact of human rights jurisprudence on the development of the law of criminal evidence, a re-examination of the defence of necessity in criminal law, an essay on the arguments used to justify and critique the use of civil preventive orders as an adjunct to the criminal law, and a review of the law relating to new evidence in double jeopardy cases. Current and future projects include a sixth edition of the Evidence text, a review of the law relating to challenges to prosecution decisions, and a related critical analysis of the abuse of process doctrine in criminal procedure. He is particularly interested in the relationship between doctrine and theory in criminal law and process, and in the comparative law of common law systems of criminal justice.

Teaching Summary

Ian Dennis teaches on all the degree programmes at UCL Laws. In the LLB programme he teaches modules in Criminal Law and the Law of Evidence, in addition to supervising dissertations. In the LLM programme he teaches a course on Criminal Process and Human Rights. He also supervises  PhD students. Recent research student topics include the harm involved in the crime of corruption, obligations on defendants to participate in prosecutions against them, and the use of judicial discretion in the development of the doctrine of joint criminal enterprise in international criminal law.

Academic Background
1998 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Law not elsewhere classified University of Cambridge
1979 MA Master of Arts – Law not elsewhere classified University of Cambridge
1970 BA Bachelor of Arts – Law University of Cambridge
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