Two law professors from the London School of Economics and Political Science have been elected Fellows of the British Academy in recognition of their outstanding scholarship.
Professor Christine Chinkin and Professor Sarah Worthington join the elite group of 900 Fellows at the Academy, which is devoted to inspiring and supporting the nation's best work in humanities and social sciences.
They are among 38 newly-elected Fellows, whose expertise ranges from archaeology to literature and from mathematics to classics.
Christine Chinkin is Professor of International Law at LSE. She specialises in human rights law and was a member of the United Nations fact-finding mission to Beit Hanoun in Gaza that reported in 2008 and is currently a member of the fact-finding mission to Gaza for 2009. She is also the UK representative on the appeals board of the Western European Union and gives expert advice to the Council of Europe on the drafting of a convention on violence against women.
Her publications include The Making of International Law, (with A. Boyle) (Oxford University Press, 2007), Women's Human Rights and Religion: how do they co-exist? in Religion, Human Rights and International Law and many other articles which focus on the guarantee of women's human rights.
Sarah Worthington is Professor of Law, specialising in commercial equity, property and securities, and corporate governance, and also pro-director of LSE, responsible for research and external relations - a position she has held since 2005.
She is a barrister and former president of the Society of Legal Scholars, and has worked with various UK, European and Australian law reform and policy advice groups. Her publications include Equity, in the Clarendon Law Series, and books on personal property and securities law and company law.
Professor Worthington said: 'Becoming a Fellow of the British Academy is a huge honour. It's humbling to have such a vote of confidence, and daunting to consider what responsibilities the privilege brings.'
The Academy aims to inform and enlighten public debate on key topics from terrorism to climate change. Its new President, Sir Adam Roberts, announced the formation of a new policy centre to help it influence public debate and policy-making more strongly.
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