Professor Kevin Bampton

Job: Professor of Public Law and Head of Leicester De Montfort Law School

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester De Montfort Law School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 250 6448




Personal profile

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.

Research group affiliations

Institute for Evidence-Based Law Reform

Publications and outputs 

Kevin has written on Jurisprudence, Ethics and the Rule of Law. Most of his research work relates to legislation which he has drafted nationally and internationally and expert advice and consultancy in areas varying from anti-corruption to document forensics.

Honours and awards

Visiting Professor at the University of Gloucestershire, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (2015) and Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Membership of external committees

Kevin has served on a number of committees, including:

  • Comparative Law Sub-Committee of the Commonwealth Legal Advisory Service
  • Magistrate's Association Overseas Training Committee
  • Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association, Training Committee
  • Manchester Law Society
  • Derby and District Law Society
  • National Police Chief's Council, Academic Innovation Advisory Committee
  • Amber Valley Housing Board

He currently also chairs:

  • Thrive and Survive Project Board (British Red Cross, Upbeat Communities, Multi-Faith Centre)
  • 135th Broadway Scouts

Consultancy work

Kevin has undertaken specialist consultancy in:

  • Constitutional Law, the Rule of Law and Democracy
  • Forensics and Security
  • Policing development

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