The Dickson Poon School of Law
|The Dickson Poon School of Law|
|Parent school||King's College London|
|Dean||David D. Caron|
|Location||Somerset House, London, United Kingdom|
The Dickson Poon School of Law (also known as King's College London School of Law) is the law school of King's College London in England, and one of the nine Schools of Study of the college. It is situated on the Strand in central London at Somerset House, close to legal firms and the four Inns of Court. It is a premier law school in the United Kingdom and ranked 20th in the world in the QS University Rankings 2014. On 18 December 2014, it was announced that The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London was ranked top in the UK for world-leading research in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
King's has the highest GPA across all UK law schools, with the highest quality submission and the highest proportion of world-leading 4* research.
The Dean of the School is David D. Caron, formerly of the University of California at Berkeley. Caron is the first dean of the school and his appointment follows the renaming of the school and its new focus on transnational law. The school is also one of the ten international law schools that are members of the Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS). Caron describes the typical graduate of the school as "a transnational, global, lawyer with [...] roots in the historic tradition of the English common law that has influenced, and in turn been influenced by, much of the world, and in the more recent tradition of European Union law. They 'think global' because we teach them with a transnational perspective."
Law has been taught at King's since the college opened in 1831. It was originally taught within the Senior Department. In 1839 teaching transferred to the Department of General Literature and Science in response to the need for a greater differentiation of the syllabus for students of the Senior Department at the College. Law became part of a broad faculty of subjects and classes that provided a core liberal syllabus in the arts and sciences available to all students of King's. From 1893, it was known as the Division of Laws and Economics under the Faculty of Arts.
The Faculty of Laws was founded in 1909 and became known as the School of Law in 1991. The school took its current name in 2012 in recognition of Hong Kong businessman Dickson Poon, who made a gift of £20 million to the school. It is thought to be the largest-ever donation to a British or European law faculty.
The school is in the heart of legal London. It was originally located in the buildings adjacent to the Strand and Embankment along the River Thames. It was announced on 7 December 2009 that the school would relocate to the east wing of Somerset House, a prominent example of neoclassical architecture, designed by Sir William Chambers in the late eighteenth century on the site of an earlier Tudor palace. Negotiations for the new lease are said to have taken some 180 years. In February 2012 the refurbished east wing was officially opened by the Patron of the College, Queen Elizabeth II.
The school provides legal instruction at undergraduate and graduate levels. It offers a three-year undergraduate LLB programme. Candidates are required to take the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) as part of the admissions process. In addition to the three-year undergraduate LLB, the school offers a number of joint programmes with partner institutions around the world including the United States (Columbia University), France (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Germany (Humboldt University), Hong Kong (University of Hong Kong), and Australia (Monash University) amongst others.
The school offers a four-year LLB in law with transnational legal studies as part of its work with the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies. In 2012 the school saw admission of its first cohort for its LLB in philosophy, politics, and law, a four-year multi-disciplinary degree that will build on the work of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Philosophy, Politics and Law.
Graduate programmes include full-time and part-time LLM and MA programmes, as well as distance-learning courses for legal practitioners. Since 2007 the school has conferred its own Master of Laws (LLM) degree, having previously been a contributor to the University of London Intercollegiate programme. Those who study for the degree may elect to take a specialisation in one of several of the school's strengths, including international commercial law and European Union law. The school also offers a dual degree with The Global School of Law in Lisbon.
The school offers a full-time graduate research programme leading to the award of the PhD in law. The school has eighty doctoral researchers. The school has hosted the annual International Graduate Legal Research Conference since 2007. The Graduate Legal Research Society arranges educational and social events for the doctoral researcher community and liaises with school management on behalf of the community.
The school is host to research projects funded by the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the European Commission. The school includes various research centres and groups which serve as focal points for research activity. These include the Centre of European Law, established in 1974, the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, established in 1978, and the Centre of British Constitutional Law and History, established in 1988.
The most recent research initiative to be established at the school is the International State Crime Initiative, a partnership between King's, Harvard University, the University of Hull, and University of Ulster.
In 2013 the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Law, Politics and Philosophy was established following a £7 million gift from Mark Yeoh (LLB graduate of King's) and his family.
The school has undertaken significant investment in the field of transnational law in recent years and will establish an Institute of Transnational Law under the terms of the Dickson Poon gift.
The school publishes the scholarly King's Law Journal, as well as the King's Student Law Review. The Centre of European Law publishes a paper series, Working Papers in European Law. The International State Crime Initiative publishes a range of reports, commentaries, and other materials on state crime. The faculty at the school are regular authors of monographs, scholarly treatises and articles, and contributions to periodicals. Latest publications from The Dickson Poon School of Law are available on King's Research Portal.
- Keith Ewing, Professor of Public Law
- Dennis J. Baker, Reader in Jurisprudence
- Sir Francis Jacobs KCMG, QC, Professor of European Law
- Igor Judge, Baron Judge, Dickson Poon Distinguished Visitor
- Aileen McColgan, Professor of Human Rights Law
- John Phillips, Professor of Law
- Lord Nicholas Phillips, Dickson Poon Distinguished Visitor
- Lord Raymond Plant of Highfield, Professor of Law
- Joseph Raz, Research Professor of Jurisprudence
- Shafique Ahmed, Bangladeshi Justice Minister
- Michael Ashikodi Agbamuche, Attorney General & Minister for Justice of Nigeria (1994–97)
- Dame Geraldine Andrews, High Court Judge (2013 - )
- Robin Auld, Lord Justice of Appeal
- Ziad Bahaa-Eldin, Deputy Prime Minister of Egypt
- Godfrey Binaisa, President of Uganda (1979–80)
- Sir Louis Blom-Cooper, author and lawyer
- Sir Harold Bollers, Chief Justice of Guyana (1966–80)
- Magnus Brunner, Member of the Austrian Federal Council
- Alex Carlile, Baron Carlile of Berriew CBE, QC
- Abdulai Conteh, Vice President of Sierra Leone
- Philippe Couvreur, Registrar of the International Court of Justice
- Edmund Davies, Baron Edmund-Davies, Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (1974-1981)
- Jerome Fitzgerald, Bahamian Education Minister
- Marlene Malahoo Forte, Jamaican Foreign Minister
- Sir David Foskett, High Court Judge (2007-)
- Alan Ganoo, Speaker of the National Assembly of Mauritius
- Colleen Graffy, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
- Katherine Grainger, 2012 Olympic gold medalist rower
- Faizah Jamal, Singaporean Nominated Member of Parliament
- K. C. Kamalasabayson, Attorney General of Sri Lanka
- Olga Kefalogianni, Greek Cabinet Minister
- Sir Muhammad Zafarullah Khan, President of the UN General Assembly (1962–63); President of the ICJ (1970–73)
- Glafkos Klerides, President of Cyprus (1993-2003)
- Sir Leonard Knowles, first Chief Justice of The Bahamas
- Abdul Koroma, Judge of the International Court of Justice
- Dennis Kwok, Member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council
- Axelle Lemaire, Member of the French National Assembly
- Brandon Lewis, Conservative Member of Parliament
- John MacGregor, Baron MacGregor of Pulham Market, politician; Leader of the House of Commons (1990–92)
- Wayne Martin QC, Chief Justice of Western Australia (2006-)
- Anne McLellan, Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
- Sir Lee Moore, Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis (1979–80)
- Sam Okudzeto, Ghanaian Member of Parliament
- Tassos Papadopoulos, President of Cyprus (2003–08)
- Sir David Penry-Davey, High Court judge
- Sir Lynden Pindling, Prime Minister of the Bahamas (1967–92)
- Tim Pryce, CEO of Terra Firma Capital Partners
- Sir Shridath Ramphal, Commonwealth Secretary-General (1975–90)
- France-Albert René, President of the Seychelles (1977-2004)
- Patrick Lipton Robinson, Judge of the International Court of Justice
- Dan Sarooshi, Professor of Public International Law at the University of Oxford
- Christopher de Souza, Singaporean Member of Parliament
- Sir Jeremy Sullivan PC, Lord Justice of Appeal (2009-); Senior President of Tribunals (2012-)
- Jaishanker Manilal Shelat, Judge, Supreme Court of India (1966–72)
- Rory Tapner, CEO of Coutts
- Shekou Touray, Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations
- Lawrence Urquhart, Chairman of BAA
- Muhammad Uteem, Mauritian Member of Parliament
- Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Professor of International Law at University College London
- Alvin Yeo, Singaporean Member of Parliament
- Lois Michele Young, Permanent Representative of Belize to the United Nations
- Frédéric Mégret, Professor, Dawson Scholar, Faculty of Law, McGill University.
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