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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

The Lauterpacht Centre is delighted to hear that Professor Sir Christopher Greenwood GBE CMG QC has been appointed Master of Magdalene College from 1 October 2020, in succession to Dr Rowan Williams (Baron Williams of Oystermouth) who will be retiring after seven and a half hugely successful years as Head of House.

Sir Christopher was a judge at the International Court of Justice, on which he served from 2009 to 2018. Before his election to the ICJ, he was Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics and a barrister who regularly appeared as counsel before many tribunals, including the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and the English courts. He is co-editor of the International Law Reports and an Honorary Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre. A graduate of Magdalene College where he was also a Fellow and more recently Honorary Fellow, he was the first person in his immediate family to go to university. 

The Mastership of Magdalene College is an appointment made by the Governing Body. It is a fixed term appointment for seven years and the Master takes up residency within the precincts of the College. The Master is the head of the College, and has a role in creating a positive environment in which all members of the community can flourish, and also in maintaining the unity of the College membership, including the fellows, students and both academic and support staff. 

 “I am honoured to have been appointed as the next Master. I very much look forward to working with everyone in Magdalene, building on the excellent legacy of Rowan Williams to ensure that the College goes from strength to strength. I want the College to flourish as a centre of excellence open to all talented people, regardless of background, in which the highest academic standards are combined with a strong sense of community. My wife and I want to make the well-being of everyone in that community our top priority.” - Sir Christopher Greenwood.