Jeffrey Jowell, a member of the British Foreign Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Rights, was the inaugural Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in London and is a practising barrister at Blackstone Chambers, with particular interests in constitutional and administrative law and human rights. He is Emeritus Professor of Public Law at University College London, where he was previously Dean of the Law Faculty and a Vice Provost. Educated at the Universities of Cape Town, Oxford and Harvard, he is a leading authority on public law and has advised on a number of national constitutions. He was knighted in 2011 “for services to human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe”. He has held a number of public appointments, including as the United Kingdom’s member on the Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission) from 2000 to 2011.