Queens' seventh Distinguished Lecture in Law
The seventh Distinguished Lecture in Law was delivered on Wednesday 12th October 2022 by Professor Richard Fentiman KC, the Arthur Armitage Fellow and Professor of Private International Law. His lecture addressed the subject, "Citadels of the Law: Law Schools and the Defence of Doctrine". Given that Professor Fentiman is retiring in September 2023 after an outstanding contribution to teaching and research over 40 years as a Fellow at Queens', this was a lecture not to be missed. We have launched fundraising for an endowed fellowship, The Richard Fentiman Fellowship in Law, that will assist with the continued close supervision and teaching of Law students and research in the subject at Queens'.
Professor Fentiman discussed the merits of doctrinal scholarship in an academic landscape that has placed more of an emphasis on other approaches in the years since he began his study of Law. He posed the question, "Is legal scholarship really scholarship?" and concluded the lecture by expressing the view that, by teaching legal doctrine, universities are also teaching the values which the Law represents.
"Universities are nothing if they are not laboratories of ideas."
Queens' has hosted the Lecture in Law annually since 2015, allowing both Members of the College and distinguished guests to participate in the latest thinking on the law. The lecture has once again been generously sponsored by Redress Solutions PLC, courtesy of Mr Marius Nasta (Queens’ LLM, 1990) and Mr Michael Zuckerman.
The event was filmed and live-streamed around the world for the Queens' community to view. The recording can be found on the Queens' College YouTube channel here.
Several prizes and studentships were awarded on the night, presented by Professor Fentiman.
Congratulations to our students on their achievements:
- Vanessa Yin Yuen Lo - The Redress Solutions LLM Studentship
- Adam Brown - The Redress Solutions Undergraduate Prize in Law
- Emma Duffy - The Redress Solutions Undergraduate Prize in Law
- Cameron Glynn - The Sigmund Sternberg LLM Studentship