I have been googling for a couple of time but could not get a satisfactory answer. Do we say :

Defend a thesis in front of a jury


Defend a thesis before a jury

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    – Keith Cole
    Commented Jul 30, 2020 at 8:24

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Both are fine, but I'd prefer "in front of"

I don't think that "Jury" is the term used in the UK. A jury is the people who decide if you are guilty in a criminal trial. "Jury" seems to be the word used in French. I think if you want to use "jury" you should say "viva jury" or similar. Otherwise "examination panel" or similar is more common.

You can also say "Defend a thesis in a viva" or "viva voce".

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