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Queen Mary Professor named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

A Professor of Law from Queen Mary University of London has been named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The new Fellows comprise leading thinkers and experts from Scotland and around the world, whose work has had a significant impact on the country.

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Photograph of Professor Malik Dahlan from Queen Mary's Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Professor Malik Dahlan from Queen Mary’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) has been named as one of 64 new Fellows by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) for his work in the field of International Law.

A rigorous selection process

All candidates for fellowship must be nominated by an existing fellow, and supported by a further two. Nominations then go through a five-stage selection process, to ensure that those elected are leading lights in their respective fields.

The over-riding requirement for selection is excellence, measured against three criteria: outstanding achievement, professional standing and societal contribution. Only when all three are satisfied is a candidate endorsed as a fellow by The RSE.

Professor Dahlan follows in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin, Sir Walter Scott, and Professor Charlotte Auerbach, and more recently Professor Peter Higgs, Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Sir John Curtice, James MacMillan, Caroline Gardner and Ben Thompson.

Diverse expertise

The Royal Society of Edinburgh was established in 1783 under a Charter granted by George III for the “Advancement of Learning and Useful Knowledge” in Scotland. It is an independent, non-party-political body and is Scotland’s national academy of science and letters.

The Society’s Fellowship is peer-elected from the full spectrum of disciplines, giving the Society a valuable multidisciplinary perspective. Professor Dahlan’s selection comes at an exciting time for Queen Mary’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020.

Professor Dame Anne Glover, President of the RSE said: “The diverse expertise and experience of our fellows, means that, as an organisation, we are well-placed to respond to the issues of the day with clear informed thinking free from commercial or political influence.

“Our new fellows, who we look forward to welcoming, not only hold vast knowledge but also deep experience, keen judgement, boundless enthusiasm and a passion for promoting societal development and change. By using their talents as a collective, we can often unlock or inspire new potential and unearth fresh solutions to some of the most complex issues Scotland’s society faces today.”

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