At the start of his career William Twining taught for seven years in Sudan and Tanzania . He has maintained an interest in Eastern Africa , and more broadly the Commonwealth, ever since. He has studied and taught in several leading UK and American law schools. A prominent member of the Law in Context movement, he has contributed especially to jurisprudence, evidence and proof, legal method, legal education, and intellectual history.
His recent work explores the implications of “globalisation” for legal scholarship and legal theory. Central themes include the variety and complexity of legal phenomena; that many so-called “global” processes and patterns are sub-global, linked to empires, diasporas, alliances and legal traditions; that diffusion, legal pluralism, and surface law are important topics for both analytical and empirical jurisprudence; that, in a world characterised by profound diversity of beliefs and radical poverty, the discipline of law needs to engage with problems of constructing just and workable supra-national institutions and practices; and that adopting a global perspective challenges some of the main working assumptions of Western traditions of academic law.
William Twining, formerly Quain Professor of Jurisprudence until 1996, has held chairs in Belfast and Warwick and numerous visiting appointments.
He is also Co-editor of the Law in Context and Jurists series.
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