James Fawcett (barrister)

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Sir James Edmund Sandford Fawcett, DSC QC (16 April 1913 - 24 June 1991) was a British lawyer.

A member of the European Commission for Human Rights from 1962 to 1984, and its president from 1972 to 1981, he was knighted in 1984.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Fawcett was educated at The Dragon School, Rugby School, and New College, Oxford.[1]


In 1937 Fawcett married Frances Beatrice Lowe, the daughter of Elias Avery Lowe and H. T. Lowe-Porter, and they had one son and four daughters.[1] One of their daughters was Charlotte Johnson Wahl, artist and mother of Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, Rachel Johnson, and Jo Johnson MP.


  1. ^ a b c ‘FAWCETT, Sir James (Edmund Sandford)’, Who Was Who, A. & C. Black, 1920–2008; online ed. by Oxford University Press, Dec 2007, accessed 15 January 2012
  2. ^ R. Y. Jennings, ‘Fawcett, Sir James Edmund Sandford (1913–1991)’, in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 online edition