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Sir Francis Geoffrey Jacobs QC KCMG (1939, Cliftonville, Kent, Great Britain)

Sir Francis Geoffrey Jacobs
Sir Francis Geoffrey Jacobs
  • Sir Francis Jacobs was educated at the City of London School, Christ Church, Oxford, and Nuffield College Oxford. After graduation he practised as a barrister from Fountain Court Chambers in London. He appeared in many cases, including cases before the European Court of Justice and the European Commission and Court of Human Rights. During his career he was Professor of European Law at the University of London and was Director of the Centre of European Law at King’s College London, and from 1988 to 2006 served as Advocate General at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. He is a Bencher of the Middle Temple.
  • Currently he is Professor of Law at King’s College London.
  • He is best known for his work on European law and as the first President of the European Law Institute aimed at the improvement of European law in general.
  • Recent publications:
    • Founding Editor, Yearbook of European Law (Oxford University Press)
    • General Editor, The Oxford EC Law Library (Oxford University Press), 1986-2010.
    • The Sovereignty of Law: the European Way (2007)
  • He was elected President of Missing Children Europe, the European Foundation of Missing and Sexually Exploited Children in 2007 and President of the European Law Institute in 2011. In 2005 he was appointed a member of the Privy Council and he was knighted in the New Year’s Honours 2006.
  • Sir Francis Jacobs was nominated for the honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Law because of his contributions to law reform and his ambition to improve the general understanding and appreciation of European law.

Sir Francis Jacobs is a distinguished jurist in the field of European law and human rights law. He continually strives to improve the quality of European law, contributing persuasive arguments to do away with shortcomings and illogical elements. He is praised for his lucid and logical style of writing.

Apart from his work as a professor and jurist he is deeply concerned with the fate of missing and abused children. As President of Missing Children Europe he emphasizes the importance of cooperation of organisations within the different countries in Europe to find missing children and to prevent and cope with abuse of children.

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