Professor John Hatchard is a Barrister and Professor of Law at the Buckingham Law School. He is also a senior teaching fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
He has held senior academic positions at universities in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He has also served as Chief Mutual Legal Assistance Officer at the Commonwealth Secretariat and was a Senior Fellow at the British Institute for International and Comparative Law. Between 2000 and 2001 he was the Director of the University of Detroit-Mercy London Program.
He was General Secretary of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association from 1996-2006 and is now a Vice-President of the Association.
He has published extensively in the area of criminal law, criminal justice and evidence, constitutional law and human rights, with particular reference to the Commonwealth and Anglophone Africa. He has undertaken consultancy work for a wide range of international organisations, particularly in the field of combating corruption, good governance and human rights.
He is the author of, amongst other books, Comparative Constitutionalism and Good Governance in the Commonwealth: An Eastern and Southern African Perspective (with M. Ndulo and P. Slinn, Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Corruption and the Misuse of Public Office (with C. Nicholls, T. Daniel and M. Polaine, Oxford University Press, 1st edition 2006, 2nd edition 2011).
His next book Combating Corruption: Legal Approaches to Supporting Good Governance and Integrity in Africa will be published by Edward Elgar Publishing in 2013.
He is the Editor of the Corruption Case Law Reporter and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Denning Law Journal. For many years he was Editor of Commonwealth Legal Education and Joint Editor of the Journal of African Law.
- John Hatchard, "Combating the bribery of foreign public officials and the 'art of persuasion": The case of Alstom and the energy sector", Denning Law Journal 28 (2016), 109-137
- John Hatchard, "Election petitions and the standard of proof", Denning Law Journal 27 (2015), 291-302
- John Hatchard, "Combating corruption: some reflections on the use of the offence and the tort of misconduct/misfeasance in a public office"
- John Hatchard et al., Corruption and Misuse of Public Office