Robert Stevens (lawyer)

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Not to be confused with Robert Stevens (jurist).

Robert Bocking Stevens (born 8 June 1933),[1] is a British lawyer and academic.


Stevens was educated at Oakham School and then at Keble College, Oxford, where he obtained his BA and BCL degrees. He was called to the bar in 1956 (becoming a barrister) as a member of Gray's Inn. In 1958, he was awarded an LLM from Yale University, then became a member of staff there, rising from assistant professor (1959–61) to associate professor (1961–65) to professor (1965–76). He was then Provost of Tulane University, Louisiana from 1976 to 1978, when he became President of Haverford College, Pennsylvania, leaving there in 1987 to become Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz. He left Santa Cruz in 1991, and in 1993 returned to England to take up office as Master of Pembroke College, Oxford. He left the college in 2001, and was appointed an Honorary Fellow. Since 2001, he has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Constitution Unit of University College London.[2]

His writings include The Restrictive Practices Court (1965), In Search of Justice (1968), Welfare Medicine in America (1974), The American Law School (1983) and The English Judges (2002).[2]


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2014. Dr Robert Stevens, Master of Pembroke College, Oxford, 1993–2001, 78 
  2. ^ a b "Stevens, Dr Robert Bocking". Who's Who 2009. Oxford University Press. December 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Roger Bannister
Master of Pembroke College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Giles Henderson