LLM Programme

Ian Dennis   IAN DENNIS
MA, PhD, Barrister
Emeritus Professor of English Law
Principal Teaching Fellow

contact details:
phone: +44 (0)20 7679 1431 | internal: x21431
email: ian.dennis@ucl.ac.uk

Ian Dennis is Emeritus Professor of English Law and Principal Teaching Fellow.

He joined the Law Faculty in 1974, became a Reader in English Law at UCL in 1982 and a Professor in 1987. He was previously a Lecturer in Law at the Council of Legal Education. He was the Allen Allen & Hemsley Visiting Professorial Fellow, University of Sydney 1995. He is a consultant to the Law Commission on the codification of the criminal law of England and Wales. He is the Editor of the Criminal Law Review from January 1999. He is on the Editorial Board, Criminal Law Review; Editorial Advisory Board, Longmans Law Series; Member, Society for the Reform of Criminal Law.

Professor Dennis's current research interests include

  • comparative criminal evidence, with particular reference to the impact of constitutional and human rights to due process and fair trial
  • criminal procedure: doctrine and theory
  • necessity as a defence to crime


  • The Law of Evidence (3rd ed, Thomson Sweet & Maxwell, 2007)
  • "Reverse Onuses and the Presumption of Innocence: In Search of Principle" [2005] Criminal Law Review 901
  • "Fair Trials and Safe Convictions" [2003] Current Legal Problems 211
  • "Rethinking Double Jeopardy: Justice and Finality in Criminal Process" [2000] Criminal Law Review 933

Current Teaching
The Law of Evidence
Criminal Law

Criminal Procedure
Comparative Criminal Evidence
Advanced Criminal Law

PhD Supervision
Ian Dennis welcomes approaches from prospective doctoral students; his areas of expertise are criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence, criminal justice processes.

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