Glasgow law professor and law graduate awarded prestigious research prizes

Published: 2 November 2012

A University of Glasgow professor and graduate of Law have each been awarded one of five prestigious Phillip Leverhulme Prizes in Law

A University of Glasgow professor and graduate of Law have each been awarded one of five prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prizes in Law, the Leverhulme Trust has just announced.

These Prizes, with a value of £70,000 each, are awarded to outstanding scholars who have made substantial contributions to their particular field of study, recognised at an international level, and where the expectation is that their greatest achievement is yet to come. The Prizes provide funding for the recipient's research over two or three years.

James Chalmers is Regius Professor of Law in the School of Law. His research focuses on criminal law, and he is the author or co-author of a number of leading texts in the area, including The New Law of Sexual Offences in Scotland (2010), Walker and Walker: The Law of Evidence in Scotland (3rd edn, 2009, with Margaret Ross), Legal Responses to HIV and AIDS (2008) and Criminal Defences and Pleas in Bar of Trial (2006, with Fiona Leverick). He is currently engaged in a study of criminalisation, examining the growing extent to which governments resort to criminal law as a regulatory tool.

Professor Chalmers said: "I am flattered by the Trust's confidence in my abilities. To be awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prizes is a considerable honour, and the funding which it provides will enable me to move forward rapidly with my current research over the next few years."

Dr Marc Moore, an LLB (Honours) graduate of the University of Glasgow, is currently Senior Lecturer in Law at University College London, where he is Deputy Director of the Centre for Commercial Law. He previously worked at the University of Bristol, where he also studied for a PhD. His research focuses on Anglo-American corporate law and governance, capital markets and the theory of the firm. He is the author of Corporate Governance in the Shadow of the State, which will be published in 2013.

Dr Moore said: “I am immensely honoured and grateful to be chosen for this prestigious award, especially alongside such outstanding peers. This prize will buy me the most valuable and scarce resource that an academic could wish for today, which is the gift of time to devote exclusively to one’s current research.”      

First published: 2 November 2012

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