Honorary degrees

Faculty of Law

Prof. Patricia J. Williams (2022)

Prof. Patricia J. Williams received the honorary degree from the Faculty of Law in recognition of her expertise in the field of race, gender, literature & law and her outstanding contribution to legal and ethical debates on society, science and technology in the light of individual autonomy and identity.

Nominator: Prof. Esther van Zimmeren

Masterclass: The Cupboard of the Emperor: understanding the complex constellations of language, race, governance and law

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Prof. Upendra Baxi (2018)

The prominent Indian constitutionalist Professor Upendra Baxi (University of Warwick) is an expert in the philosophy of Western law and the founder of a sociology of Indian law. He has played a ground-breaking role in legal activism and training.

Laudation: Prof Wouter Vandenhole 

Masterclass: Situating human rights in the postpolitical landscape

Prof. Katharina Boele-Woelki (2016)

The Faculty of Law will be honouring Professor Katharina Boele-Woelki, rector of the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg (Germany). She is Europe’s most prominent professor of international family law and is among the best in the world in her field. Boele-Woelki was the first to demonstrate that family law – traditionally studied from a national point of view – could also be approached from an international perspective.

Supervisor: Professor Frederik Swennen

Masterclass: Research into family law: some methodological reflections

Prof. Petros C. Mavroidis (2013)

Prof. Petros C. Mavroidis is professor at the European University Institute, the University of Neuchâtel and the Columbia Law School. He is a renowned expert in economic law.

Supervisor: Prof Alexia Herwig

Mr. Geert Corstens (2011)

Mr. Geert Corstens received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Law. He is President of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, the highest court in the Netherlands. Corstens is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of criminal procedure, criminal law and judicial organisation.

Supervisor: Prof Joëlle Rozie

​Prof. Robert Alexy (2009)

Prof. Robert Alexy is professor at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, Germany. He is an international expert in the fields of public law, law theory and human rights. Alexy is one of the most prominent contemporary constitutionalists and law theorists, and has worked with dedication on human rights and distributive justice.

Supervisor: Prof George Pavlakos

​Prof. Fausto Pocar (2007)

Prof. Fausto Pocar is Professor of Law at the University of Milan (Italy), Chair of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands.

Laudatio: Prof. Marta Pertegas

​Prof Hugh G. Beale (2005)

Prof Hugh G. Beale is professor of Law at the University of Warwick (UK). He is a law commissioner at the Law Commission for England and Wales, which is responsible for the revision of common law. Beale has made important contributions to the improvement of contract law and to the development of a European common framework of reference in that area.

Supervisor: Prof. Matthias Storme

​Prof. Jean-Claude Javillier (2003)

Prof. Jean-Claude Javillier is a Social lawyer who focuses on the emancipation of those who are marginalised socially.