School of Law

J C Smith Trust Fund Visiting Scholar

We are proud of our well-established post of J C Smith Trust Fund Visiting Scholar, successfully welcoming visitors since 1990.

About the scholarship

The Fund was established in honour of Professor Sir John Smith, a renowned authority in the field of English criminal law and a key figure in the establishment and development of the School of Law at the University of Nottingham. 

Sir John served as the Head of the School of Law from 1956 to 1974 and again from 1977 to 1986.



Our most recent visiting scholar

Professor Peter Watts, from Auckland University, New Zealand, was the 2013 JC Smith Trust Fund Senior Visiting Scholar. He spent the last week of February 2013 in residence at The School of Law.

Professor Watts enriched the school's taught programmes during the week, offering his expertise by:

  • leading a number of lectures to a cross-section of law students (undergraduates and postgraduates) on a range of subjects including tort, restitution and insolvency law
  • holding drop-in sessions with PhD students to informally discuss their research challenges and career goals

The focal point of the week was a special seminar led by Professor Watts, entitled "Tyrrell v Bank of London - An inside look at an inside job". 

Professor Howard Bennett (Nottingham) chaired the session, attended by academic staff and PhD students from the school as well as distinguished guests, including Matthew Collings QC, Professor Christopher Hare (University of Oxford), Professor Robert Chambers (UCL) and Professor Michael Lobban (QMUL). 

Previous visitors

The Visiting Scholarship allows distinguished scholars to visit the School of Law and engage with both staff and students. 

Previous visitors have included:

School of Law

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