Peter North (legal scholar)

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Sir Peter North
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford
In office
Chancellor The Lord Jenkins of Hillhead
Preceded by Sir Richard Southwood
Succeeded by Sir Colin Lucas
Principal of Jesus College, Oxford
In office
Preceded by Sir John Habakkuk
Succeeded by The Lord Krebs
Personal details
Born (1936-08-30) 30 August 1936 (age 81)
Alma mater Lincoln College, Oxford
Profession Academic lawyer

Sir Peter Machin North, CBE, QC, FBA (born 30 August 1936[1]) is a British academic lawyer who served as Principal of Jesus College, Oxford from 1984 to 2005 and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1993 to 1997.[2]

Sir Peter North chaired the Review Body of the Independent Review on Parades and Marches in Northern Ireland, whose final report (published on 29 January 1997 and widely known as "The North Report") led to the establishment of the Parades Commission which regulates potentially controversial parades in Northern Ireland.[3]

North was also chair of a University of Oxford inquiry, established to review the running of the University. The report, published on 29 January 1998 (precisely one year after the Parades and Marches report), was also known as "The North Report".[4] He was knighted on 10 March 1998.[5]

More recently, North's review of the legal alcohol limit for driving was submitted to Philip Hammond, the then Secretary of State for Transport at the end of May 2010.[6]


  1. ^ "Sir Peter North, CBE, QC, FBA". People of Today Online. Debrett's. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Previous Vice-Chancellors". University of Oxford, UK. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ Fionnuala McKenna (2007-03-12). "Parades and Marches - Independent Review of Parades and Marches in Northern Ireland". CAIN (Conflict Archive on the INternet). University of Ulster. Retrieved 2007-03-28. 
  4. ^ The University of Oxford (1998-01-29). "University set for vigorous debate on North report". Oxford University Gazette. 128 (4462). Retrieved 2007-03-28. 
  5. ^ "No. 55229". The London Gazette. 18 August 1998. p. 8994. 
  6. ^ "Bid to cut drink-driving by almost half", Daily Telegraph, 4 June 2010.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir John Habakkuk
Principal of Jesus College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Lord Krebs
Preceded by
Sir Richard Southwood
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
Sir Colin Lucas