Glanville Williams (Professor of Public Law, 1946-1951)


Glanville Williams was appointed reader in law at LSE in 1945 and the following year was elected to the newly founded chair of public law in the University of London, tenable at LSE.  One of the greatest legal scholars of the latter half of the twentieth century, Williams moved to the Quain Chair of Jurisprudence at University College London in 1951, and subsequently to a distinguished career at Cambridge. In 1944 he published Learning the Law, a book read by generations of new undergraduate law students. While holding the public law chair at LSE he published a monograph on the Crown Proceedings Act but his primary interests lay in tort law, publishing landmark works on Joint Obligations (1949) and Joint Torts and Contributory Negligence (1951).  From the 1960s, he devoted his exceptional scholarly energies to the study of criminal law.