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Paul McKeown

Barrister, Associate Professor of Law

The City Law School, Professional Programmes

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GIP304, The City Law School

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Before joining The City Law School, Paul McKeown was a member of Mitre House Chambers and practiced in criminal defence.
He defended regularly in the Crown Court in cases involving offences against the person, sexual offences, public order offences and offences of dishonesty. He also conducted appeals in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and the Divisional Court. He served on Chambers' General Management Committee and co-chaired its Pupillage Committee. He currently holds a door tenancy at Lamb Building, with whom Mitre House merged.

At The City Law School, he is leader for evidence on the bar course. He also teaches criminal advocacy, criminal litigation, advanced criminal litigation. He teaches on academic programmes too, including the LL.M 'Criminal trials: evidence and proof' module, the LL.M 'Forensic psychology for the criminal practitioner' module and two LL.B Evidence modules.

He was closely involved in the development of the evidence module for the Law School's new online and blended learning bar course, creating many new educational materials and writing and recording more than fifty podcasts for bar students on the law of evidence.

He has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and curriculum development from both the law school and the university. He has also received a Student Voice Award from City, University of London's Students' Union.

In the field of academic writing, he is co-author of Keane & McKeown, The Modern Law of Evidence (Oxford University Press), which is now in its 13th edition. This is a leading text on the law of evidence and has been cited with approval by appellate courts in the UK and Commonwealth and by the International Criminal Tribunal (Rwanda). He is a member of the Criminal Law Review's case commentary team and has written many commentaries on evidence cases.