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Marcel Berlins (born 1941)[1] is a lawyer,[2] legal commentator, broadcaster, and columnist. He writes for British newspapers The Guardian and The Times, and presented BBC Radio 4's legal programme Law in Action for 15 years.[3]

He was born in Marseille,[4] France, but moved with his parents to South Africa as a teenager and stayed there till early adulthood.[5] He remains a French citizen, and voted in the 2007 French presidential election.[6]

Berlins writes a weekly column for The Guardian, and regularly reviews crime fiction for The Times.[2] Berlins began presenting BBC Radio 4's legal affairs programme Law in Action in 1988, and won two Legal Broadcaster of the Year awards before retiring from the programme in 2004.[3] He is a contestant in the 2009 series of Radio 4's Round Britain Quiz.[7] He is also a visiting professor in media law at City University, London.[8]


  • 1979 - Ramesh Maharaj, barrister behind bars
  • 1982 - Living Together (with Clare Dyer)
  • 1986 - The Law Machine (with Clare Dyer) - the last edition was published in 2004


  1. ^ PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Library of Congress (retrieved on 15 September 2009).
  2. ^ a b Marcel Berlins biography, The Guardian
  3. ^ a b About Law in Action, BBC website, retrieved 26 August 2009
  4. ^ Marcel Berlins (2006-08-30). ""Ségolène Royal is the left's best bet to be the next leader of France. But the socialist elephants are out to stop her"". The Guardian.,,329564067-103390,00.html. Retrieved 2008-04-25.  
  5. ^ Marcel Berlins (2005-12-14). ""I lived in a South Africa ruled by apartheid. Now I return to find that freedom has plunged the country into the real, hard world"". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-04-25.  
  6. ^ Marcel Berlins (2007-04-25). ""Yes, I backed the wrong horse in the French election, but at least I had some fun voting"". The Guardian.,,2064847,00.html. Retrieved 2008-04-25.  
  7. ^ Round Britain Quiz website: "meet the teams"
  8. ^ Marcel Berlins City University London website

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