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Professor Roger Cotterrell awarded prestigious Dennis Leslie Mahoney Prize in Legal Theory

Roger Cotterrell, Anniversary Professor of Legal Theory at Queen Mary University of London, has been awarded the Dennis Leslie Mahoney Prize in Legal Theory 2021.

Roger Cotterrell

The prize is awarded every 5 years by the Julius Stone Institute for Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney. The value of the award is AU$50,000.

Professor Cotterrell was awarded the prize for his book “Sociological Jurisprudence: Juristic Thought and Social Inquiry” and a portfolio of publications. In the Jury’s view, Professor Cotterrell’s book and his publications best advanced Professor Julius Stone’s sociological and justice-oriented approach to jurisprudence.

The prize is a magnificent achievement and offers official recognition of Professor Cotterrell’s life-long dedication to enabling dialogue between analytical, normative, doctrinal, critical, and empirical approaches to law.

Professor Cotterrell’s achievement builds on the School of Law’s long-standing tradition of sociological and justice-oriented jurisprudence. Since 2015, the School has hosted the Annual Cotterrell Lectures in Sociological Jurisprudence. Within the series, ‘sociological jurisprudence’ is understood broadly to encompass any theoretical aspect of socio-legal studies, any serious effort to relate jurisprudence and legal theory to changing social and historical conditions, or any topic linking law and social theory.



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