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1st March 2012, 4:51pm
International law expert is new Head of Lincoln Law School
Professor Duncan French Professor Duncan French has been appointed as Head of the Lincoln Law School at the University of Lincoln.

He joins Lincoln from the University of Sheffield, where he was Professor of International Law and Deputy Head of the School of Law.

Prof. French studied law at the universities of East Anglia and Nottingham, before completing a PhD at the University of Wales (Cardiff), funded by the British Academy.

He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia as well as co-rapporteur of the International Law Association Committee on International Law on Sustainable Development.

His principal research interests are public international law, international environmental law, the international legal implications of sustainable development and legal aspects of international monetary, trade and investment regimes (including the law and practice of the World Trade Organisation). His secondary research interests are in the law of the sea, Antarctica, the interaction between EU and international law, and international dispute settlement.

Recent publications included peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on the regulation of the deep seabed, complaint and grievance mechanisms in international law, and the place of international law in the regulation of genetically modified organisms. He has contributed to a forthcoming edition on the security of the Antarctic continent.

His monograph on international law and sustainable development was published by Manchester University Press in 2005 and he has edited a number of edited collections. These include 'Global Justice and Sustainable Development' (Martinus Nijhoff, 2010); 'International Law and Dispute Settlement: New Problems and Techniques' (Hart, 2010 (paperback version: 2012 forthcoming)); and 'Criminological and Legal Consequences of Climate Change' (Hart, 2012 forthcoming).

Prof. French said: "I'm very much looking forward to contributing towards the growth of the Lincoln Law School. I'll be looking to build on existing strengths, including further development of the research agenda. We'll be making numerous academic appointments this year, as well as continuing to grow our postgraduate and international profile.
"As an international lawyer, I'm also very excited to be based in a city which houses one of the few surviving copies of Magna Carta, and I hope to play a role in the celebrations to mark the 800-year anniversary in 2015."

Prof. French becomes the first permanent Head of the Lincoln Law School. The role has previously been served on a rotating basis by the School's two other professors, John Peysner and Richard Stone. Professor Peysner has just started a period of research leave and Professor Stone now acts as the School's Director of Research.

Dean of Faculty, Professor David Head, said: "Professor French's appointment is a strategically significant development for the University, coming as it does during a period of major advances for the University and soon after the relocation of the Lincoln Law School to a new building with dedicated facilities, including a Moot Court."

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