Alistair David Berkley was the eldest of three brothers. He qualified as an architect at Bristol University and the Architectural Association in London. After spending some months in Bangladesh, he took a law degree at Cambridge University and then taught law at Makerere University in Uganda, before returning to take his LLM at the London School of Economics.
At the time of his death, he was a law lecturer at the Polytechnic of Central London, where he was considered to be a gifted and devoted teacher. He had a great interest in the third world and much of his work was directed toward considering how systems of law in third world countries could be made more appropriate and helpful for the mass of the population. He was extremely hardworking and concerned for others, particularly for the disadvantaged. He was fundamentally serious, but made a lot of jokes. He was artistic, generous, witty, and kind and his death has left a terrible gap in the lives of his family and friends, students, and colleagues.
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