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Learned Society for Wales names law academics as Fellows

26 May 2020

Two Cardiff law professors have been elected as Fellows of the prestigious Learned Society for Wales.

Professor Norman Doe and Professor Ambreena Manji both teach law at the School of Law and Politics and this year their contribution to their respective fields has been recognised by Wales’s first national academy of science and letters.

The Society was established in 2010 to help promote awareness of how science, the arts, humanities, and social sciences benefit society. Election to Fellowship is a public recognition of academic excellence and is a rigorous and thorough process which sees nominations proposed and seconded by existing Fellows of the Society. Each candidate is then considered by a relevant scrutiny committee. Once elected Fellows assist the Society in its work by serving on its various committees and working groups and by representing the Society both nationally and internationally.

Professor Doe has taught at the School for 35 years and is the Director of the Centre for Law and Religion. He has taught public law and law and religion and was instrumental in setting up the School’s LLM programme in Canon Law which was established in 1991.

Ambreena Manji has been a Professor of Land Law and Development at the School since 2014. She came to Cardiff from Nairobi where she was director of a British Academy research institute, the British Institute in Eastern Africa. Ambreena is president of the UK African Studies Association. She co-founded LAWPL’s Centre for Law and Global Justice which supports a lively research programme, including an international doctoral studies cohort.

Of his election to the Society, Professor Doe said, “The Fellowship is a real honour and a tribute to the hard work of all of those involved at Cardiff over the past thirty years in the provision of postgraduate education in church law, the establishment and work of the Centre for Law and Religion, and the ongoing efforts to use legal traditions for greater religious cohesion in the wider world.”

Professor Manji added, “It's a great honour to be elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and to be part of an internationalist, multilingual Wales both professionally and personally.”

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