University College London established its Institute of Global Law in 2000.
The setting up of the Institute acknowledges the impact of law across national
boundaries and the need to deepen inquiry into comparative approaches to law
and legal study
The Institute has received the encouragement of senior legal and governmental
figures in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Its London location gives
it unique access to Government, the civil service, the courts and practising
The Institute intends to be an active centre of both teaching and research.
Its first Chairman was Professor Sir Basil Markesinis, QC, DCL, FBA, a
lawyer, who has close working links with the governments, judiciaries
and academic institutions in Europe and the USA. The Lord Chief Justice, the
Rt Hon. the Lord
Woolf of Barnes, FBA, has kindly agreed to act as President of the Institute's
distinguished Committee of Patronage.
The Institute will continue the emphasis in UCL upon comparative law
announced by its first law professor in 1826, John Austin. It will
build upon its
existing expertise in Russian, Eastern European, African, Japanese,
European and International
Law and upon its many exchange programmes and attractions to students
from over 70 countries across the globe.
The logo of the Institute depicts Aristotle and Plato, the 'fathers' of the
comparative study of law and political institutions from 'The School of Athens'
by Raphael, part of the Stanza della Segnatura, in the Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican.
The Institute has adopted as its motto St Paul's exhortation to the Thessalonians
- "Probe everything and retain the best".