Leading University of Leicester Professor 'Takes Silk'
|PRESTIGIOUS OCCASION: Professor Malcolm Shaw pictured with his wife Judith Shaw at the House of Lords on April 10|
leading Professor of Law at the University of Leicester has been appointed as a
Malcolm Shaw, the Sir Robert Jennings Professor of International Law at the
University of Leicester, was sworn in at a ceremony conducted by the
Lord Chancellor for new QCs at the House of Lords on Wednesday April 10.
Shaw teaches international law, human rights and equity and trusts in the
Faculty of Law. He is Chair of the European Consortium of Law, which links
together 12 law faculties from across Europe in an innovative co-operative
is working on a book on state succession, and revising his textbook on
international law for the 5th edition. The textbook has been translated into
Polish and Hungarian. He is also a practising barrister, specialising in public
international law issues and was a members of the Law Panel for both the 1996
and 2001 Research Assessment Exercises.
Shaw said: "QCs are appointed by the Lord Chancellor after a rigorous
process of consultation with judges and senior colleagues.
appointments are strictly merit based - and are therefore a significant sign of
achievement. QCs form the senior branch of the bar and about 10% of barristers
new QCs have been in practice for some 20 years at least before being taking
silk. Professor Shaw was appointed 13 years after being called to the bar.
QC wears a silk gown and is thus called a silk. He takes precedence over the
junior Bar and is often in a case accompanied by a junior barrister.
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