Jack Beatson

  • Lord Justice of Appeal, United Kingdom

The Right Honorable Sir Jack Beatson is a member of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and a fellow of the British Academy. Beatson was educated at Brasenose College Oxford (B.A. 1970, B.C.L. 1972, M.A. 1973), called to the bar (Inner Temple) in 1972, and was appointed an honorary bencher in 1993. He was a member of the faculty of law at the University of Oxford between 1973 and 1994, on leave as a member of the Law Commission of England and Wales between 1989 and 1994, and then Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at the University of Cambridge between 1994 and 2003. He was a recorder from 1994-2003. In 1998 he was appointed as a Queen's Counsel member and a deputy high court judge from 2000-2003. He was a judge of the High Court of Justice Queen’s Bench Division from 2003-2013. From 2009-2012, he served as the Queen’s Bench liaison judge for Midlands and Wales Circuits. He was appointed a lord justice of appeal in 2013. His publications include Human Rights: Judicial Protection in the UK (co-author, 2008), Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Information (author and co-editor, 2000), Administrative Law: Cases and Materials (2nd ed., with M. Matthews, 1989), Anson’s Law of Contract (co-author, 30th ed., 2016), The Use and Abuse of Unjust Enrichment: Essays on the Law of Restitution (author, 1991), Good Faith and Fault in Contract Law (author and co-joint editor, 1995).


  • B.C.L.
    Brasenose College Oxford
  • M.A.
    Brasenose College Oxford
  • B.A.
    Brasenose College Oxford

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