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In addition to teaching law at the University of Cambridge since 1976 Barry has also held numerous public service appointments including Head of the Commonwealth Commercial Crime Unit and Assistant Director (Legal) in the Commonwealth Secretariat. He has also worked for the IMF, as counsel and has been a consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Islamic Financial Services Board, European Union and various UN and regional organisations. He has also practiced law as a barrister, government lawyer (in various jurisdictions) and with the City law firm Beachcroft LLP and the US international law firm Bryan Cave LLP. In recent years his principal clients have been the Kuwait Investment Authority and the People’s Bank of China.

Barry has held and continues to hold a number of visiting appointments at universities around the world and participates in courses on a regular basis in the USA, China, Japan, Italy, South Africa, Argentina, Malaysia and the Philippines. 

Barry is also the General Editor of The Company Lawyer, Journal of Financial Crime, Journal of Money Laundering Control and Amicus Curiae. He also sits on the editorial and advisory boards of a number of other publications and journals including the Hong Kong Law Review and the Journal of Economic Law.


Barry’s main areas of research are the role of the law in promoting integrity and in particular the identification and management of legal and regulatory risk associated with the inter-play of different legal systems and the civil and criminal law. He has written and contributed to numerous books on such issues as insider dealing, market abuse, money laundering and governance. He is also a respected corporate and financial lawyer having authored several standard texts and founding and serving as the General Editor of the established legal journal, The Company Lawyer. He is also worked in comparative law and more recently Islamic finance law.


Key publications: 

Barry’s most recent publications include:

The Changing Landscape of Islamic Finance (2011) Islamic Financial Services Board, Chapter 5 ‘Islamic Financial Law: Back to Basics’ (39pp)

Strategies for the Development of Islamic Capital Markets – infrastructure and Legal Aspects of Islamic Asset Securitisation (2011)

Islamic Financial Services Board, Chapter 3 (180 pp)

(with Li Hong Xing and Yan Haitung ), The Prevention and Control of International Financial Crime (2011) People’s Bank of China, Financial Publishing House, (published in Chinese), (470 pp)

Legal Studies in the Global Era, Legal Issues beyond Boarders (2011), Chuo University Press (Japan), chapter 4, ‘pursing Corruption, Civil weapons , Old law in New Bottles’ (31 pp)

Dealing with the dark side of business – the way ahead (2011) International Chamber of Commerce (CCS) and Ministry of Finance of Malta (37pp)

Fraud, Financial Crime and Governance (2011) Nevsehir University, Turkey, (28pp)

(Co Author) Development of Prudential and Supervision Standards for Islamic Financial Markets (2011)

Asian Development Bank (302 pp); Chapter 5, ‘Corporate Governance and Islamic Financial Institutions’ (2012)

Islamic Financial Law (C. Nethercott and D. Eisenberg eds), Oxford University Press.


Teaching and Supervisions


In common with most law teachers in Cambridge Barry’s teaching over the years has ranged over many tripos subjects, but in more recent years he has confined his teaching to post-graduates. In addition to teaching Paper 30 (Justice and Development) in Cambridge and supervising PhD students, he runs a number of post-graduate courses in London and supervises research students at several other universities. He also instructs at a number of public sector institutions overseas and is a regular speaker at international conferences.

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Professorial Fellow, Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge
Professor of Comparative Law, Renmin University, China
Professor of Law, University of the Free State, Republic of South Africa
Professor of Law and former Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, School of Advanced Study
Fellow Commoner, sometime Fellow, Tutor, Director of Studies and Dean, Jesus College, Cambridge
Master of the Bench of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
Currently not taking PhD Students

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