UCL European Institute


David Anderson named Chair of EI Advisory Board

20 July 2020

David Anderson headshot

We are pleased to announce that Lord Anderson of Ipswich KBE QC (David Anderson) has been named the new Chair of the European Institute Advisory Board. A practising barrister at Brick Court Chambers (QC 1999) with some 200 appearances in the EU courts and the European Court of Human Rights, he has written and lectured extensively on legal and national security topics, and has wide-ranging interests in European law, culture and history. He has previously served as a Council of Europe human rights monitor and has been associated with the British Association for Central and Eastern Europe, the Slynn Foundation and SSEES. He currently chairs the international conflict resolution charity Inter-Mediate, and sits in Guernsey and Jersey as a Justice of Appeal. He is also a Visiting professor at King's College London.

Between 2011 and 2017 David served as the UK’s security-cleared Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. He was knighted in 2018 for services to national security and civil liberties, and appointed in the same year by the independent House of Lords Appointments Commission as a working cross-bench peer.

He succeeds Sir John Birch, who chaired the Advisory Board between 2014 and 2020, and who sadly passed away earlier this year following a short illness. Read more about our previous Chairs here.