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    Human rights law academic awarded prestigious Irish honour

    05/01/2012
    Middlesex University law professor, William Schabas, has been presented with the Royal Irish Academy Gold Medal in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the social sciences.

    Professor Schabas recognised for his outstanding contributions to the social sciences

    Middlesex University law professor, William Schabas, has been presented with the Royal Irish Academy Gold Medal in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the social sciences.  The honour recognises the foremost contributors to the world of learning and science in Ireland, with Gold Medals awarded to only two outstanding academics each year.

    The medal was presented to Prof. Schabas by Ireland's Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Ruairi Quinn, TD.

    Professor Schabas joined Middlesex in September from his role as Director of the Irish Centre of Human Rights in Galway, Ireland.  He is one of the leading scholars in the field of international criminal law and has previously been honoured the Order of Canada.

    The author and academic, whose expertise in human rights law, genocide and the death penalty, has seen him practice law in international courts including the European Court of Human Rights and the International Court of Justice.

    The leading human rights expert brings to Middlesex and its students a rich vein of experience that includes membership of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Sierra Leone, significant experience and engagement with international criminal law and issues concerning global human rights abuses, and involvement with such bodies as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the International Criminal Court.Law students are benefiting first hand from a published portfolio that consists of nearly thirty books and more than three hundred articles in international law.

    Middlesex University Professor of International Law, William Schabas said: "My new academic home at Middlesex University is providing a great platform for me to develop further my research in areas of human rights and international criminal law. I am of course greatly honoured by this wonderful distinction from my colleagues in the Irish academic community."

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