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Michael Jacob Beloff, QC (born 18 April 1942)[1] is an English barrister and arbitrator. A member of Blackstone Chambers, he practises in a number of areas including human rights, administrative law and sports law.

The Honourable

Michael Jacob Beloff

Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford
OccupationHuman rights barrister
Spouse(s)Judith Arkinstall (1969-present)
ChildrenRupert (b. 1973)
Natasha (b. 1976)


Beloff is the son of the historian Max Beloff, Baron Beloff, and is therefore by courtesy styled 'the Honourable'. His mother was Helen Dobrin. He was educated at the Dragon School, Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford, and was President of the Union. As President of the Union he passed a resolution in 1963 to allow women to have full membership for the first time.

He was called to the Bar at Gray's Inn, where he later became a Bencher and was the Treasurer for 2008. He is the founder of a student prize at the Inn awarded for an essay on administrative law.[2]

The term Plate glass university stems from the title of his book "The Plateglass Universities" (1970).[3]

From 1995 until 2014 he was a member of the Jersey Court of Appeal and the Guernsey Court of Appeal and senior ordinary appeal Judge for six years. He sits on the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which deals with disputes including doping offences on behalf of the International Olympic Committee.[4] He has also chaired the ethics commission of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), including investigations into IAAF treasurer Valentin Balakhnichev and Papa Massata Diack, son of IAAF president Lamine Diack.[5]

He served as President of Trinity College, Oxford, from 1996 to 2006 and was succeeded by Ivor Roberts. Trinity College now awards a Michael and Judith Beloff Scholarship endowed by Michael.[6] Trinity College's debating society also runs the annual Michael Beloff After-Dinner Speaking Competition, open to members of the college.

Personal lifeEdit

Michael Beloff married Judith Arkinstall in 1969. They have two children: Rupert (b. 1973) and Natasha (b. 1976).

The Beloffs are friends of Tony and Cherie Blair and were among their guests at Chequers.[7]



  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2014. the Hon Michael Beloff, QC, President of Trinity College, Oxford, 1996–2006, 70
  2. ^ "Gray's Inn". Gray's Inn. June 25, 2014. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  3. ^ Beloff, Michael (1970). The plateglass universities. Rutherford N.J: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. ISBN 978-0-8386-7550-2.
  4. ^ Berlins, Marcel (18 June 2002). "Not strictly academic". The Guardian.
  5. ^ Gibson, Owen (December 13, 2014). "Crisis at IAAF that threatens to bring athletics to its knees". the Guardian. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  6. ^ "Grants and Scholarships". Trinity College, Oxford. Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
  7. ^ "The full list: The Blairs' dinner guests". Daily Mail. 19 June 2005.
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Burgh
President of Trinity College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Ivor Roberts