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Practice profile Jens is a Senior University Lecturer in Law at the University of Cambridge, specialising in Family Law and Comparative Family Law, and has held visiting positions at universities in Hong Kong, Australia, England, Germany, New Zealand and Spain. He joined QEB as an Academic Door Tenant in 2011.

His main area of expertise is matrimonial finance, particularly cases involving an international dimension and/or marital agreements. He has acted as consultant in cases in England, Germany, Hong Kong and Belgium, including Radmacher v Granatino [2009] EWCA Civ 649, Z v Z (No 2) [2011] EWHC 2878 (Fam) and SA v SPH [2011] HKCFI 1649 (HCMC 1/2011) and CACV 99/2012.

Jens is fluent in German and Danish. Before taking up his position in Cambridge he was Head of the Department of the Law of the Nordic Countries at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg/Germany.

Appointments and Memberships

University Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Cambridge

Fellow, College Lecturer and Tutor, Gonville and Caius College/Cambridge

Honorary Fellow, St. John’s College/University of Hong Kong

Associate Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML)

Member of the Wissenschaftliche Vereinigung für Familienrecht e.V.


Fully qualified as a German lawyer (1. State Exam, Berlin 1998; 2. State Exam, Hamburg 2002).

University of Hamburg (PhD, 2002).

Somerville College/University of Oxford (MJur, 2005).

Gonville and Caius College/University of Cambridge (MA, 2010).

Personal Born 1971 in Heidelberg/Germany. Married and lives in Cambridge together with his wife and daughter. Without much success supports Liverpool FC and the Australian Rules Football team St.Kilda FC. Would really enjoy playing basketball again if he had the time.

Dr Jens Scherpe
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