Robin Jacob

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Robert Raphael Hayim "Robin" Jacob, PC (born 26 April 1941) was as Lord Justice Jacob a judge in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales.[1]

He read Natural Sciences (physics) at Trinity College Cambridge (1960-1963) and law at the London School of Economics (1963-1967). He was called to the bar by Gray’s Inn in 1965 (Treasurer 2007). He was appointed a High Court Judge in 1993 and to the Court of Appeal in 2003.[2]

His primary area of expertise is intellectual property rights. He was admitted to the IP Hall of Fame in 2006.[3]

He retired from the Court of Appeal in March 2011 (acknowledged in a valedictory address[4] before a court-room packed with well-wishers) to take up his current position as the Hugh Laddie Chair in intellectual property at University College London.[5] However, in accordance with section 9 of the Senior Courts Act 1981, he has continued on occasion since that date to sit as a judge in the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Jacob is currently a door tenant at 8 New Square Chambers.[6]

In 2018, Jacob took up the post of a Justice at the Astana International Financial Centre in the capital of Kazakhstan.[7]


Decisions of Jacob in the Court of Appeal include:


  1. ^ Judiciary of England and Wales, [1], 4 May 2011, not yet updated to reflect his retirement.
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  7. ^ "UK royal judge to head AIFC". Kazinform.