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Season’s Greetings

A special message to Law students from Executive Dean Professor Gillian Douglas

I have had the privilege of leading The Dickson Poon School of Law for nearly four years and, as I prepare to retire at the end of December, I have been reflecting on my time at King’s as well as this most unprecedented year.

I know 2020 has been a difficult time for us all, both personally and professionally, and I am very proud of the great things that we have achieved together as well as the challenges that we have overcome.

Our students are our greatest asset and I have been tremendously pleased to hear of your successes and initiatives from across the community. I cannot possibly do justice to the great range of student achievements during 2020 notwithstanding the challenges of the pandemic. I have briefly referenced some here. Congratulations to everyone and I am sorry I cannot personally name you all. 

  • This year a King’s team became the UK champion in the Jessup Moot Competition for the fifth year in a row! This is an unprecedented level of success. 
  • Two of our PhD students (Clara Lopez-Rodriquez and Shelley Leung) secured prestigious, and highly competitive, Modern Law Review scholarships to support them during their doctorates. 
  • In collaboration with King's Legal Clinic, law students have worked with NGOs on legal interventions to protect indigenous communities and the environment.
  • Our students have won Civic Challenge funding for their enterprises designed to tackle issues in the local community.
  • Undergraduate student Charlotte Knierim has been mentoring local young people online during the pandemic.

Witnessing your brilliance, motivation, and determination to succeed has been a humbling and deeply gratifying aspect of my role as Executive Dean.

My greatest wish is that we inspire you to think deeply about your studies and the contribution you would like to make to society through your career and throughout your lives. I hope we have done that during my tenure and that this inspiration continues in the years to come.

 

I have been fortunate to have fantastic colleagues at King’s and I know they will continue to inspire great things in our students. Professor Alex Turk, who many of you know, will be Interim Dean from January 2021. I am certain that I am leaving the School in very safe hands.

 

I wish you all the best for what I am sure is a bright future. Thank you for being such an integral part of our community and Season’s Greetings.

Professor Gillian Douglas LLD, FBA, FLSW, FAcSS | Executive Dean 
The Dickson Poon School of Law
Somerset House East Wing
King's College London
Strand | LONDON | WC2R 2LS

Douglas

January

January

Professor Eva Lomnicka awarded QC Honoris Causa

February

February

King's students win UK leg of international mooting competition

March

March

World rankings place King's 4th in the UK for Law

April

April

Fellowship success for The Dickson Poon School of Law

May

May

The Dickson Poon School of Law receives Gold Award for commitment to sustainability

June

June

Charlotte Knierim, second year law student, mentors young people online during COVID-19

July

July

King's Legal Clinic conducts research to defend Colombian indigenous peoples and environment

August

August

Alumna Dame Geraldine Mary Andrews, DBE appointed to the Court of Appeal

September

September

International Construction Law conference held online with more than 3,000 guests in attendance

October

October

PhD students win prestigious Modern Law Review scholarships

November

November

A launch event for our new King's Legal Clinic in Intellectual Property

December

December

A new research project jointly led by King's will map the global legal response to Covid-19.