Kevin Bampton is of Anglo-Gujarati descent and was born in Kenya. After a brief spell in a litigation practice in Holborn, he was appointed as Legal Education Advisor to the British Council. In 1994, he was appointed as a Special Constitutional/Legal Adviser for Political Affairs Department of the United Nations, serving most of his time in Africa.
Following his return to the UK, he took up a role as Consultant Legal Advisor to the Foreign Office’s Overseas Development Administration on Law, Good Government and Development.
After leaving the Civil Service he became Visiting Fellow at the University of Leeds’ Department of Government and subsequently joined the University of Derby, during which time, he worked on significant projects around prison medicine, the Police Federation and in developing Police Professional Qualifications. He set up the country’s first University School with a joint focus on Law and Criminology and became founding Director of the International Policing Justice Institute, providing University education for over 10,000 police officers per year across the world.
In 2015 he was conferred with a personal Chair as Professor of Comparative Justice. He joined De Montfort University as Professor of Public Law and Head of the Law School in October 2018.
Kevin is an academic advisor to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue, serves on the East Midlands Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel for the Crown Prosecution Service.
He was a guiding force in setting up the Police Education and Qualification Framework for the UK. He is actively involved in the campaign against modern slavery and was part of the UK’s delegation to the UN last year.