David Ibbetson

David John Ibbetson, FBA is a British legal scholar. He has been Regius Professor of Civil Law at the University of Cambridge since 2000, and President of Clare Hall, Cambridge since 2013.[1] From 2009 until 2012 he served as the chairman of the Faculty of Law, Cambridge.[2]

David Ibbetson

8th President of Clare Hall, Cambridge
Assumed office
August 2013
Preceded bySir Martin Harris
Regius Professor of Civil Law
University of Cambridge
Assumed office
Preceded byDavid Eric Lothian Johnston
Personal details
David John Ibbetson
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
Alma materCorpus Christi College, Cambridge
AwardsFellow of the British Academy (2003)


David Ibbetson obtained his MA and PhD in Law at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. In 1980, he became a Fellow and Tutor in Law at Magdalen College, Oxford. He returned to Corpus Christi in 2000, following his appointment as Regius Professor of Civil Law at the Faculty of Law in the University of Cambridge. He was elected to the British Academy in 2003.[3] In 2004 he became Warden of Leckhampton, the College's site for postgraduate students. In August 2013 Ibbetson left Corpus Christi College when he became the eighth President of Clare Hall, Cambridge, succeeding Sir Martin Harris.[4]

Ibbetson is a Roman lawyer, but his research also covers the history of English and European law. Whilst he has published on a wide range of subjects, his main work is in English and European legal history, and in particular on the historical relationship between English Common Law and the legal systems and legal thought of the rest of Europe.


  • Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History [editor] (2009)
  • Sir William Jones, Essay on the Law of Bailments [editor] (2007)
  • Common Law and Ius Commune (Selden Society) (2001)
  • A Historical Introduction to the Law of Obligations (1999)
  • The Roman Law Tradition [editor] (1994)


  1. ^ "Professor DJ Ibbetson". Faculty of Law, Cambridge University. Retrieved 2010-08-13.
  2. ^ "Professor David Ibbetson Takes the Chair". Faculty of Law, Cambridge University. 31 March 2009. Archived from the original on 13 March 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Professor David Ibbetson". British Academy. Archived from the original on 2011-04-10. Retrieved 2010-08-13.
  4. ^ "Election of Clare Hall President". Clare Hall, Cambridge University. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2013.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
David Eric Lothian Johnston
Regius Professor of Civil Law
August 2000–present
Preceded by
Sir Martin Harris
President of Clare Hall, Cambridge
August 2013–present