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Alumni Profile : John Warwick Montgomery

John Warwick Montgomery, Professor and Barrister-at-law

John Warwick and Lanalee de Kant Montgomery

John Warwick Montgomery with his wife Lanalee de Kant

Course details:

LLM in Canon Law - Graduated 2000

LLD in Law - Awarded 2003

John Warwick Montgomery is Emeritus Professor of Law and Humanities at the University of Bedfordshire. He is a distinguished apologist for biblical Christianity and regularly pleads religious freedom cases before the European Court of Human Rights. He is a U.S. and U.K. citizen, the author of some fifty books in five languages and is included in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in France, the European Biographical Directory, Who's Who in the World, and Contemporary Authors.

What memories do you have of Cardiff Law School and Cardiff city?

Beautiful, historic city; kind, helpful faculty.

Where did you go after graduation?

I continued as Professor of Law and Humanities, University of Bedfordshire, until becoming Emeritus Professor.  I then became Distinguished Professor, Patrick Henry College, Virginia, U.S.A.

John Montgomery receiving his LLD


John Warwick Montgomery receiving the higher doctorate in law (LLD) from Cardiff University, July, 2003


What is your greatest achievement since graduation?

Passing the French bar examinations, to become an Avocat à la Cour, Paris.

Have you had any awards or publications?

I have had numerous publications and a Festschrift in my honour:  “Tough-minded Christianity,” edited by William Dembski and Thomas Schirrmacher (Nashville, TN: B&H, 2009).

I was awarded the Patriarch’s Medal of the Romanian Orthodox Church for my successful defense of the Bessarabian Orthodox Church v. Moldova before the European Court of Human Rights.

Tell us a bit about your current job

I am a Professor, teaching in the fields of theology (Christian apologetics) and law (human rights).

I am also a barrister-at-law, with religious liberties cases at the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France.

Did your experience at Cardiff have any particular impact on you?

Cardiff is internationally recognised as a great university: therefore, a Cardiff degree has considerable inherent value.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

Centre your life on the gospel of Jesus Christ:  that he died for you and his resurrection from the dead is the sole route to eternal life.  For believers, life has purpose and is in Christ’s hands.

* To see a full list of Professor Montgomery’s publications, please go to: