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His Hon. George Dobry, QC, CBE, Obituary

April 11, 2018


It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of our good friend and professional mentor, His Honour George Dobry, QC, CBE, barrister and judge on 14 March 2018, aged 99.

His Honour George Dobry, QC, CBE was Of Counsel at BOYANOV & Co. from 2001 to 2010. Together with Mr. Borislav Boyanov, he was the founder and first director of The British Balkan Centres for English and Global Legal Studies. In 2001 Mr. Boyanov became the first non-British member of the Lord Slynn of Hadley European Law Foundation, established on the initiative of His Hon George Dobry, QC, CBE to cater to a growing need for support, advice and training to young lawyers from countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Please find below an outline of the unique George Dobry’s activities as a barrister and judge:

  • Called to the Bar, Inner Temple, 1946;
  • Queen’s Counsel, 1969;
  • Commander of the British Empire, 1977;
  • Bencher, 1977;
  • Recorder of the Crown Court, 1977-1980;
  • Dr. Juris., Warsaw, 1994;
  • Circuit Judge, 1980-1992;
  • Member of Council on Law Reporting, 1984-1994;
  • Member Warsaw Arbitration Court, Sfia Arbitration Court;
  • Commander, Starred Cross of Merit (Poland), 1999 (Order of Merit, 1993);
  • Gold Medal of Merit, Polish Bar Council, 1999.
Activities in Government:

Adviser to the Secretary of State for Environment and the Secretary of State for Wales on Development Control, 1973-1975;

Member of the Docklands Joint Committee, 1974-1976;

Inspector, Inquiry into M25, 1978-1979;

Chairman of the Panel, Avon Structure Plan, 1992-1993;

Adviser to the Lord Chancellor on International Legal Relations; published a Report on International Legal Relations, 2000.

International Organisations:

Legal Secretary, International Commission of Jurists, 1955-1957;

One of the Founders and Member of Council of ‘Justice’, 1956-1968;

Founder of the British-Polish Legal Association, 1989;

Founder of the British Centre for English and European Legal Studies (www.law.cam.ac.uk/britcen/history.htm), Warsaw University, President 1991 – 1995, Patron 1995-;

Founder and former Chairman of the Trustees, Lord Slynn of Hadley European Law Foundation (www.slynn-foundation.org), 1997;

Founder and member of the Executive Committee, Roy Jenkins Memorial Foundation (Oxford University), 2004.


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