Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR
Professor William Twining discussed his intellectual memoir, Jurist in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2019), in conversation with Professor David Sugarman. Jurist in Context tells the story of the development of Professor Twining’s thoughts and writings in the context of Africa, the UK and the USA. It addresses topics which have been central to his life and research including the complexities of decolonisation, the troubles in Belfast, the contextual turn in legal studies, rethinking evidence and law and globalisation. It advances a particular conception of Jurisprudence that can contribute to the academic discipline of Law in several important ways. It offers a window on legal academic praxis in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries by one of the most influential figures in British legal education over the last sixty years. It also provides a clear, vivid and often amusing context for all Professor Twining’s writings. Addressed to academic lawyers and non-specialists alike, this story brings out the importance and fascinations of a discipline that has changed, expanded and diversified in the post-war years, with an eye to itsfuture development and potential.
This was followed by a 30-minute period during which Professor Twining addressed questions posed by the audience before Professor Stychin brought the proceedings to a close, inviting those present to continue the conversation at the wine reception that immediately followed.
It was just left to Professor Twining to thank several individuals and institutions including the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies for hosting the occasion, Cambridge University Press for supporting the reception and Professor Sugarman for initiating the event. Professor Twining had circulated a short list of “Provocations” at the outset of the proceedings and a longer version of this document entitled, “Jurist in Context: A Scrapbook”, can be downloaded at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/people/prof-william-twining