A Leicester Professor has gained an academic accolade and a rare distinction -both at the same time.
Professor Erika Szyszczak is the only person in the UK to be awarded a Jean Monnet Personal Chair in European Law. At the same time, she has been invited to attend the Women of the Year Luncheon for the second year in a row.
Professor Szyszczak's academic accolade makes her only one of three academics in Western Europe to be awarded the Jean Monnet Chair. She said: "The new Jean Monnet Chairs are an exciting challenge marking a new phase in European integration whereby the EU is creating new academic networks globally, but especially with the potential accession states in eastern and central Europe."
"Of 38 applications, three Chairs were awarded in Western Europe – with the other 2 going to Germany. This allows Leicester to be part of the new Jean Monnet network bringing many advantages and opportunities in research and training programmes, teaching and student exchanges.
"It is especially important for the University of Leicester Law Department, given its interests in European integration and the new enlargement of the EU. The Department has established the Centre for European Law and Integration (CELI) which promotes the strength of the Law Department in a wide range of legal studies in this field."
Professor Szyszczak joined the University in January 2001, having previously taught at the University of Nottingham and the London School of Economics. She sits on the editorial board of The Modern Law Review, Modern Legal Studies, The International Journal of Discrimination and the Law. She is also a correspondent for the European Law Review and the International and Comparative Law Quarterly. From 1996 - 2000 she acted as the legal consultant, producing the Annual Equal Opportunities Report for the European Commission. In 1998 she delivered The Elsa Eschelsson Lecture in Uppsala, Sweden and in October 2000 was invited to attend the Women of the Year, Millennium Festival of Women's Work Lunch at the Café Royal in recognition of her outstanding services to higher education. More recently she has acted as an adviser on EU Law to the new accession states and has been involved in training programmes for judges, lawyers, civil servants and parliamentarians in Slovenia and Poland.
The next Women of the Year Luncheon is on October 15 2001.
NOTE TO NEWSDESK: For more information, please contact Professor Szyszczak on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring the Law Department on 0116 252 2363.
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