School of Law

J C Smith Trust Fund Visiting Scholar

The School of Law is especially proud of the success of its now well-established post of J C Smith Trust Fund Visiting Scholar.

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.

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

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

Professor Watts enriched the School's taught programmes during the week, 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.  He also held drop-in sessions with PhD students in which he (informally) discussed 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).  For more information click here.

Previous visitors have been:

These visits have proved enriching experiences for the life of the School.



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