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
Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (6th edition 2013)
Cases and Materials on the English Legal System (10th
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, pp.23-40
‘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,
‘What on earth is Lord Justice Auld supposed to do?’ Criminal Law
Review, 2000, pp.419-35