Michael Zander took a Double First Honours Degree at Cambridge, obtained a
First Class in the LLB and was awarded the Whewell Scholarship in International
Law. He took an LLM at Harvard and worked for a year with Sullivan & Cromwell
on Wall Street. He then returned to this country, qualified as a solicitor and
practised for a period before joining the Department in 1963. He was appointed
to a Chair in 1977. He was convener of the Department from 1984 to 1988 and
again in 1997-98. He was made an Honorary QC in 1997 and was appointed a Senior
Fellow of the British Academy in 2005. He retired from full-time teaching in
1998. In 1999 he gave the Hamlyn Lectures under the title The State of
Justice (Sweet & Maxwell, 2000).
In 2010 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at
King's College, London. The citation stated: 'He has devoted a long and
active career to the study, teaching, practice and improvement of the law,
and has made outstanding contributions in both the academic and public
spheres. There is no greater authority in the fields to which he has devoted
himself: criminal procedure, civil procedure, legal profession and legal
services. . .The central mission of his professional life has been to make
the justice system work better.
Michael Zander's LSE Experts page
Professor Zander's main fields are Criminal Procedure,
Civil Procedure, Legal System, Legal Profession and Legal Services.
Since retirement Michael Zander has published new editions of his two books
familiar to generations of law students - Cases and Materials on the
English Legal System and The Law Making Process and of The
Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 which is used extensively by practising
lawyers, police officers and judges.
His response to several Governmental and other official reports are
available on the LSE website (see Reports, below).
Michael Zander was a member of the
Runciman Royal Commission on Criminal Justice (1991-1993). In addition
to being a member of the Commission he also conceived and conducted the
Commission's main research project - The Crown Court Study - probably the biggest
study ever carried out in the English courts.
For twenty-five years (1963-1988) he was
also Legal Correspondent of The Guardian for whom he wrote more
than 1,400 articles.
The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (6th
Cases and Materials on the English Legal System (10th ed., 2007)
The Law Making Process (6th ed. 2004)
Selected articles / chapters in books
‘PACE (The Police and Criminal Evidence) Act 1984: Past,
Present and Future’ LSE Law Society and Economy Working Paper
Series, WPS 01-2012 May 2012
‘The Green Paper and beyond’
International Journal of the Legal Profession, 2004, pp.123-30
‘Where are we Heading with the Funding
of Civil Litigation?’ Civil Justice Quarterly, vol.22,.2003,
‘Preparing the Criminal Case for
Trial’ The Judicial Studies Institute Journal, Dublin,
vol.3, no.1, November 2003
‘Where are we now on Conditional Fees?
Or why this Emperor is Wearing Few, if any, Clothes?’ Modern Law
Review, 2002, pp.919-30
‘Will the revolution in the funding of
civil litigation in England eventually lead to contingency fees?’
DePaul Law Review, 2002, pp.259-97
‘Forms and functions of the sources of
the law and a common law perspective’ in Neighbours in Law, Are
Common Law and Civil Law Moving Closer Together ed. A.Eser and
C.Rabenstein, Freiburg, 2001, pp.7-43
‘The Jury in the Criminal Process -
England and Wales’ in Lay Participation in the Criminal Trial in the
XXIst Century Revue Internationale de Droit Penale, 2001,
‘What on earth is Lord Justice Auld
supposed to do?’ Criminal Law Review, 2000, pp.419-35