Inbound Visiting Fellow elected Master of the Bench of Inner Temple

Professor Norman Doe, an inbound Visiting Fellow of Clare Hall, has been elected Master of the Bench of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.

Professor Doe, who is Director of the Cardiff School of Law and Politics’ Canon Law LLM programme and the Centre for Law and Religion, has been recognised by the Inner Temple for his ‘unrivalled reputation in Ecclesiastical Law and the Law of Church and State, as well as the active and positive contributions he has made to the affairs of the Inner Temple’. He will join the Inner Temple as an Academic Bencher.

Speaking of his appointment, Professor Doe said:
'I am delighted with this wonderful news and very grateful to Inner Temple. It is a singular honour to be elected Bencher. I look forward to developing closer links between Cardiff law students and Inner Temple, enhancing wider access to the Inn under the auspices of its outreach schemes, and contributing as best I can to the wider educational work of Inner Temple.'

Professor Norman Doe was called to the bar in 1980 and in 2020 was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and Royal Historical Society. He will join Clare Hall as a Visiting Fellow in spring 2022, during which time he will work at various libraries gathering material for a book on the history of ecclesiastical law in England since the Reformation.

The Inner Temple is one of the four Inns of Court in London which are the professional associations for barristers in England and Wales. The Inner Temple has existed since the 14th Century and holds the right to call students to practise law at the Bar of England and Wales. It prides itself on its global membership which aims to strengthen and promote the Rule of Law and create a vibrant and diverse legal community.

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