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City academic appointed to the Jersey Law Commission

Claire de Than has become the youngest Law Commissioner in Britain.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Claire de Than, a Senior Lecturer in The City Law School, has been appointed a Commissioner on the Jersey Law Commission. She is the youngest Law Commissioner in Britain.

Portrait of Claire De ThanJersey, a British Crown Dependency, is a mixed legal jurisdiction with a blend of Jersey’s codified law, Norman customary law, English common law, and aspects of French legal influence.

Ms de Than’s role on the Jersey Law Commission is equivalent to that of a Commissioner serving on the Law Commission for England and Wales and will involve assisting the process of modernising, simplifying and removing anomalies from the laws of Jersey.

She is delighted with this new appointment.

Taking the lead on legal reforms

Ms de Than was appointed on completion of a competitive process beginning in the Spring of 2015, requiring State approval by way of a vote in the States of Jersey on 19th January 2016.

She is currently taking the lead on reform proposals for Criminal Appeals and will be releasing a Scoping Paper for response and comment by interested parties in Spring 2016.

Claire de Than is Co-Director of City's Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism, having previously held appointments at two University of London colleges. She is the author or co-author of more than 15 books, including de Than, Criminal Law (OUP 2016), de Than and Heaton, Criminal Law (OUP 2013) and de Than and Shorts, International Criminal Law and Human Rights (Sweet and Maxwell 2004).

She has over 80 legal publications in total, including chapters in leading legal monographs and edited collections, such as Reed and Bohlander, Substantive Issues in Criminal Law (Ashgate, 2011) and articles in a variety of national and international journals, including the Modern Law Review.

Her research fields include criminal law, human rights law, media law, and disability law. She has been an expert for the Law Commission of England and Wales on two recent criminal law projects. A regular keynote speaker at legal and medical conferences, she has advised several governments and many organisations on criminal law, human rights and law reform issues, with specialisms in the law of British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies and in the law of consent.
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