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UCL in the News: Ten great law teachers

16 October 2007

There are many teachers of exceptional merit.

Here are ten exemplars of excellence. …

Andrew Amos

A successful barrister, respected recorder and distinguished scholarly writer, Amos was the first Professor of English Law at UCL (1829), and Professor of Medical Jurisprudence (1831). An extremely popular and effective teacher, all his classes were oversubscribed. His inaugural lecture was so full that it had to be repeated the next day. He held regular discussions with students before and after his lecture classes and thus innovated the law seminar. He was Shelley's only friend at Eton. …

Charles Hamson

An exceptional academic in the fields of comparative law and common law and an inspirational teacher. He taught briefly at UCL, then at Cambridge 1932-73. During the war he was captured on Crete and imprisoned for five years. Such was his prodigious knowledge (he carried large parts of the law library in his head) and systematic approach that during his captivity he taught his fellow prisoners law. …

Professor Dame Hazel Genn, QC, FBA

Professor Genn is Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at UCL, and has worked at Queen Mary (where she was head of department), Oxford and Cambridge. Her teaching, informed by her pioneering research in civil law, has substantially affected public policy. She holds the US Law and Society International Prize for distinguished scholarship. Her teaching spans undergraduate, postgraduate and even judicial as she has worked with the Judicial Studies Board for 12 years. …

Gary Slapper, 'The Times'