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2015 - Inaugural Lecture by Professor Brian Tamanaha

The Inaugural Cotterrell Lecture in Sociological Jurisprudence was given by Professor Brian Tamanaha (Washington University Law School), Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Queen Mary University of London in May-June 2015. This event was chaired by Professor Richard Nobles (Queen Mary University of London).

Listen the full recording for Professor Tamanaha's lecture.

Speaker bio

Professor Brian Tamanaha

Professor Tamanaha is a renowned jurisprudence scholar and the author of eight books and numerous scholarly articles, including his groundbreaking book, Beyond the Formalist–Realist Divide: The Role of Politics in Judging. His articles have appeared in a variety of leading journals, and his publications have been translated into eight languages. Also an expert in law and society, he has delivered lectures in Brazil, Indonesia, Japan, France, the Netherlands, Colombia, Singapore, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. He spent a year in residence as a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Professor Tamanaha is the recipient of several book prizes and awards, including Professor of the Year, and a frequent speaker and lecturer at legal conferences throughout the United States and abroad. His professional affiliations include serving as a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Law and Society Association. Before becoming a law professor, he clerked for the Hon Walter E Hoffman, US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He also practiced law in Hawaii and Micronesia, where he served as legal counsel for the Micronesian Constitutional Convention, Assistant Attorney General for the Yap State and Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Hawaii. He then earned a doctorate of juridical science at Harvard Law School.

Professor Tamanaha was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the Department in May 2015.