Remembering Professor Leslie Sebba

It is with great sadness that the Centre of Criminology, Oxford notes the passing of Professor Leslie Sebba.

Leslie was Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Leslie studied at Oxford under Max Grünhut, one of the pioneers of criminology in the United Kingdom. Leslie received his M.A., from Queen’s College Oxford (1964); an L.L.M., from London School of Economics (1966); and the Dr. Juris., from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1976). He was a member of Israel Bar and Inner Temple, London. Leslie began a very long and distinguished career as a sociolegal scholar, winning the Pinchas Rosen Prize for Legal Research in 1977.

Leslie worked in many areas, including crime victims, victimization surveys, sentencing, and the criminal process. Leslie’s 1996 volume ‘Third Parties: Victims and the Criminal Justice System’ became a very widely cited work in the field of victimology, Leslie was a frequent visitor to the Oxford Centre of Criminology and Centre for Sociolegal Studies, working with a number of faculty at Oxford. Leslie was Founding editor of 'International Review of Victimology' which became one of the leading international peer-review journals. He also held many other editorial positions over a long and distinguished career, serving on boards of the 'Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology', 'Journal of Quantitative Criminology' and 'Interdisciplinary Review of Children’s Rights'.

Although he retired from his post at Hebrew University some years ago, Leslie continued to supervise doctoral students and to publish in peer-review journals until shortly before his death. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.