Robinson College Alumni Forum Live, Saturday 27 March 2021

Our Warden, Professor David Yates, steps down later this year after 20 years of transformative leadership at Robinson. As part of our celebrations of the achievements of Professor Yates’ term of office, alumni joined a live online interview on Saturday 27 March 2021.

Led by Philip Moser QC, the interview featured contributions from some of Professor Yates’ most significant partnerships of the past two decades. 

Event recap:

Welcome by Dr Steve Trudgill, President, Robinson College Alumni Association

Interview with David Yates, by Philip Moser QC (Law, 1987): My 20 years at Robinson

Featuring contributions from:

Live Q&A moderated by Philip Moser QC

This was the first of a number of celebratory initiatives planned for this year to mark the contributions of the Warden and their impact on Robinson. 

The recording of this event can be watched in full by following this link.

Speakers (in order of appearance):

Dr Steve Trudgill is an Emeritus Fellow in Geography. He is also Chair of the Gardens Committee and a member of both the Visual Arts and Bin Brook Editorial Committees. He has been at  Cambridge since 1996. He was the first resident Geography Director of  Studies at Robinson from 1996 to 2014 and built up Geography to be one of the well-established subjects in College.


Professor David Yates is the Warden of Robinson College and a member of the University's Faculty of Law. Before the pandemic struck he completed an extensive term as a Visiting Professor at The University of Sydney's Law School and was formerly Pro-Vice-Chancellor and the founding Professor of Law and Dean of the Law School at the University of Essex, having previously held posts at the universities of Hull, Bristol and Manchester.  He has also been an adjunct or visiting professor at several universities in the United States and Asia.  He worked as a Partner of the law firm of Baker McKenzie, latterly as that firm's global Chief Operating Officer and for several years as a consultant to that firm after he retired from legal practice.  He is a former member of the Law Society's Council and the City of London Law Society's Council, a former Chairman of the Legal Practice Course Board, a former member of the Education Committee of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and former Chairman of Governors of the College of Law that became the University of Law under David’s chairmanship.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Honorary Fellow of St. Catherine’s College Oxford.  He recognises that there is much that is “former” in this short biography  and comments that it is “clearly time to go!”

Philip Moser QC (1987, Law) is a barrister practising competition, procurement, EU and public law in London. He took Silk in 2012 and is joint Head of Monckton Chambers. He read and later supervised EC law (part-time) at Robinson and is a Bencher and member of the Executive Committee of the Inner Temple, Vice-Chair of the Bar European Group and Vice-Chair of the EU Future Relations Working Group of the Bar Council.


Dr Mary Stewart is a Life Fellow and former Deputy Warden (1998-2005). Since retiring from her University Senior Lectureship in German, Mary has continued to take an active interest in Robinson, particularly alumni relations, and is President of the Crausaz Wordsworth Society for legators. She remains involved with German Studies, particularly in the area of modern narrative writing.


Dr Brian Sloan (2003, Law) is a College Lecturer and Fellow in Law at Robinson College. Brian read for his BA in Law and his LLM at Robinson, before taking up a doctoral studentship at Gonville and Caius College. After three years as a Fellow of King's College (Cambridge), Brian returned to Robinson in 2012 as a Fellow and Director of Studies in Law, teaching Equity, Family Law and Land Law. A winner of a University of Cambridge Yorke Prize for Informal Carers and Private Law (2013), he holds honorary memberships of both the Property Litigation Association and the Property Bar Association.


Professor Christopher Forsyth is Emeritus Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law, Fellow of Robinson College. He is a leading international scholar in the fields of Administrative Law and Private International Law. His publications include Private International Law (1981), Judicial Review and the Constitution (2000) (as editor), Private International Law (5th ed, 2012) and Administrative Law (11th ed, 2014) (co-authored with W Wade). He has a long record of effective involvement at the highest level in the administration of several important public bodies, in addition to his part-time practice as a barrister (now retired).  In December 2020 he was awarded the honorary title of Queen's Counsel.

Elliot R. Stevens (2013, Law) matriculated to study law at Robinson in 2013. After graduating from Cambridge with a B.A. in Law in 2016, Elliot studied for an LL.M. degree at Harvard Law School and then moved to New York City, where he joined Proskauer Rose LLP as an associate attorney in Proskauer’s bankruptcy and restructuring group.