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Professor John Langbein


Fellow type
Honorary Fellow

Honorary Fellow, Alumnus 1964 Law (former Fellow 1997-98)


John H Langbein came up to Trinity Hall in 1964 to read law, having done an American undergraduate degree in economics at Columbia (BA 1964). He completed law degrees at Harvard (LLB 1968) and Cambridge (LLB 1969, PhD, 1971). He taught at the University of Chicago Law School from 1971 to 1989, then at Yale Law School, where he is Sterling Professor of Law and Legal History. He specializes in trust and pension law as well as English and European legal history. He returned to Trinity Hall as a visiting fellow in 1997/98 year, serving as the Arthur Goodhart Professor in Legal Science. In 2001 he presented the Milestones Lecture on the history of legal studies at Trinity Hall, in connection with 650th anniversary of the college. Professor Langbein is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a corresponding fellow of the British Academy.